Typhoon Haima sunk cargo ship Hong Xing 88 in East China Sea

Hong Xing 88 sinkingThe general cargo ship Hong Xing 88 sank after water ingress in East China Sea off Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, China. The vessel, loaded with sand, dropped anchor on 2 nautical miles off Zhejiang province, but was caught by the typhoon Haima and started getting water ingress. The crew was unable to keep the vessel afloat and sent distress signal to the local authorities. The general cargo ship Hong Xing 88 partially sank with superstructure remaining above the water. All the seven crew were evacuated by the Coast Guard Rescue boats and transported to the shore. There were no reported injuries from the crew and no water pollution.

The scene of the accident is under monitoring for oil leaks. Currently there is no information about pollution but refloating of the vessel or removing of the ship’s wreck will be considered at further stage after weather improves and damages caused by the typhoon are assessed.

The tropical cyclone Haima reached wind speeds of up to 166 km/h (103 m/h) before weakening to a tropical storm. The typhoon caused big waves and serious problems for the shipping in the region.

The general cargo ship Hong Xing 88 has overall length of 53.00 m, moulded beam of 9.00 m and maximum draft of 3.50 m.