The Capesize bulk carriers Spartacus and Stella Cherise collided in East China Sea at Shanghai outer anchorage. The bow of the cargo ship Spartacus stuck into the starboard holds area of Stella Cherise, which suffered breaches into the hull with ensuing water ingress. The both vessels remained afloat, but the breached bulker is with danger from sinking with floodiong cargo hold and increased starboard list. The accident was reported to local authorities and at the scene arrived salvage tugs and rescue boats, which started salvage operation for Stella Cherise and trying to stabilize the ship, pumping out the water from the hull. All the crew from the troubled bulk carrier were evacuated without reported injuries.
The bulk carrier Spartacus was slightly damaged and proceeded close to Yangtze River estuary anchorage by own power. The vessel was anchored for special survey and inspection. There is no report for water ingress and danger for seaworthiness of the ship.
The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the accident. It is not clear what caused the collision and who was the responsible. According to preliminary information the bulk carrier Spartacus made right turn shortly before collision, but it was not clear what was the exact course of Stella Cherise. probably the accident happened due to human mistake and violation of ColReg rules.
The Capesize bulk carrier Spartacus (IMO: 9403528) has overall length of 292.00 m, moulded beam of 45.00 m and maximum draft of 18.30 m. The deadweight of the ship is 179,156 DWT and the gross tonnage is 93,156 GRT. The vessel was built in 2011 by Sungdong Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering in their shipyard in Tongyoung, South Korea. During the collision the vessel was leaving the anchorage en route to Shanghai – Taicang.
The bulk carrier Stella Cherise (IMO: 9522659) has overall length of 292.00 m, moulded beam of 45.00 m and maximum draft of 15.00 m. The deadweight of the ship is 177,832 DWT and the gross tonnage is 91,407 GRT. The vessel was built in 2010 by Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding in China. During the accident the vessel was leaving Shanghai bound for Australia.