Cargo ship with cargo of coal aground, flooded, South China sea

Cargo ship loaded with coal ran aground while approaching coal terminal of a Power Plant, South China sea, on a weekend. Attempts to refloat by own means failed, weather deteriorated, battered by wind and swell ship started to take on water. After engine room was flooded and the ship listed some 20 degrees, Captain issued distress signal on Nov 20. All crew were rescued. Owner is tasked with refloating the ship. Photo made by crew.
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My name is Mikhail Voytenko, I’m Russian, professional merchant marine navigator, by education and former experience. I own and run Maritime Bulletin website for more than 10 years. I've been involved in solving a number of piracy hijack cases, including the hijack of ro-ro FAINA, loaded with tanks. It was me who made public, and unravel, freighter ARCTIC SEA mystery. I've been also closely involved in a number of maritime disaster, one of them being MSC FLAMINIA major fire.