The general cargo ship Lin Jong caught fire in East China Sea on 17 nm off Weihai, China. The vessel was en route from North Korea to Rizhao with cargo of coal, when one of the accommodation cabins inflamed. The two crew inside were injured, but succeeded to raise alarm. The fire was quickly extinguished, but the injured North Korean seamen were medevaced by Chinese Coast Guard to Shidao for medical treatment. There were no life-threatening injuries and people are in stable condition. The local authorities ordered the general cargo ship Lin Jong to anchor off Shidao, where was detained for further investigation and special inspection.
The local authorities started taking witness evidences from the crew about the root cause of the fire. It was found that the two crew suffered burns in the cabin due to careless handling of electrical equipment, which caused the fire. The vessel did not suffered serious damages and will be released to return in operations.
The general cargo ship Lin Jong (IMO: 8913186) has overall length of 105.00 m, moulded beam of 15.00 m and maximum draft of 5.00 m. The deadweight of the ship is 5,676 DWT and the gross tonnage is 3,520 GRT. The vessel was built in 1989 by IS Shipyard in Imabari, Japan.