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Cargo ship Chang Xin 97 developed heavy list in Hangzhou Bay

Cargo ship listThe general cargo ship Chang Xin 97 troubled after cargo shift in Hangzhou Bay, China. The vessel developed heavy list to starboard after cargo shift in bad weather and rough seas. There was immediate danger for stability and seaworthiness of the cargo ship and crew sheltered near Xugong Island, northeast off Ningbo, China. The local authorities were informed about the accident and dispatched salvage ship to assist with stabilizing of the general cargo vessel. After ballasting and stowage of part of the cargo, the situation was normalized and taken under control. There is no immediate danger for the stability of the vessel and no danger from capsizing, but salvage is under way.

During the accident there were no injured people and no water pollution. The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the accident and will follow full inspection of the general cargo ship before releasing to return in operations.

The general cargo ship Chang Xin 97 has overall length of 97.00 m, moulded beam of 16.00 m and maximum draft of 5.10 m. The vessel is operating under the flag of China.

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Container ships collided at Port of Mersin, Turkey

Corona J shipThe container ship Corona J collided with berthed vessel Taurus at Port of Mersin, Turkey. The accident happened during maneuvering for docking at Turkish container terminal. The collision happened in moderate sea with pilot on board, probably due to navigation mistake. The container ship Corona J hit the berthed Taurus with slow speed and both remained afloat, suffering slight damages of the hulls, broken railings, dents and skews. The accident was classified as minor, but container carriers were detained until repair of the damages and will return in operations with slight delay.

The local authorities detained the carriers for inspection of seaworthiness and will follow investigation for the root cause of the collision. Fortunately during the accident there were no injured people and no water pollution.

The container ship Corona J (IMO: 9238686) has overall length of 161.00 m, moulded beam of 25.00 m and maximum draft of 7.50 m. The deadweight of the carrier is 16,794 DWT and the gross tonnage is 16,129 GRT. The vessel was built in 2002 at Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipyard in China. The owner and manager of the ship Corona J is German company Jungerhaus Reederei.

The container ship Taurus (IMO: 9134593) has overall length of 198.00 m, moulded beam of 28.00 m and maximum draft of 11.20 m. The deadweight of the carrier is 29,260 DWT and the gross tonnage is 23,722 GRT. The container ship Taurus is owned and managed by the German company Alpha Ship.

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Container ship TS Taipei split into two parts at stormy weather off Taiwan

TS Taipei damaged

The container ship TS Taipei split into two parts at stormy weather after grounding on a nautical mile off Keelung, Taiwan. The vessel’s bunker tanks are broken, and there is sufficient oil leak. There is an immediate danger to the ship’s stability and seaworthiness. The storm might cause capsizing and real environmental disasters. According to Taiwan’s Environmental Protection Agency, the container carrier has about 240 tons of fuel oil, 35 tons of lube oil, and 30 tons of waste and other contaminants, which might spill into the water off Taiwan. The container ship TS Taipei also carried 617 containers, including hazardous cargo Class A. Some containers have already fallen overboard and have washed ashore or are currently under monitoring.

The cargo ship grounded on 1-2 nautical miles off Keelung, Taiwan in beginning of March after losing propulsion power in stormy weather. The vessel was hardly stuck in the rocks off Shimen Township in New Taipei, Taiwan, and suffered hull damages and breaches. All the 21 crew members were evacuated from the container carrier by the Coast Guard, and the ship operator started to drain the fuel from the tanks, considering salvage operation. Unfortunately, a new storm caused cracking of the hull and braking of the vessel on two parts, which was followed by an oil leak and environmental pollution.

TS Taipei

The oil spill has forced officials to close nearby fishing grounds and warned tourists to stay out of the water. The local authorities dispatched two tugs and rescue boats to the accident scene to restrict the leak by oil booms. Still, cleaning of the water is hampered by the bad weather.

The container ship TS Taipei (IMO: 9348481) has an overall length of 168.00 m, a beam of 24.00 m, and a maximum draft of 8.00 m. The ship can carry up to 900 TEU. The deadweight of TS Taipei is 20,615 DWT, and the gross tonnage is 15,487 GRT. The ship was built in 2006 by Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipyard in China. The owner and operator of the vessel is the Taiwanese company TS Lines.