Ships stuck together after collision off Wenzhou

Bulk carrier MING ZHOU 66 collided with gravel carrier HONG CHENG YUN 3 off Wenzhou, China, East China sea, at 1115 Beijing time Mar 12. Gravel carrier struck bulk carrier starboard in cargo holds area, HONG CHENG YUN 3 bow ramp collapsed onto MING ZHOU 66 deck. Bulk carrier sustained hull breach with ensuing water ingress and developing stb list, ships remained stuck together, situation became critical. SAR ships and tugs were deployed in salvage, after some 5 hours the ships were separated, water ingress taken under control. MING ZHOU 66 was towed to Wenzhou South Channel and anchored off Zhuangyuan island, HONG CHENG YUN 3 reached her port of destination.
Bulk carrier MING ZHOU 66, MMSI 413406450, GT 8619, flag China.

 

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