China: Stranded Container Ship Near Zhoushan City Rescued


After getting stranded 15 days ago in waters near east China’s Zhoushan city, an Antigua and Barbuda-registered container vessel carrying 106 tons of oil was brought to a local shipyard for repair on Wednesday.

A command officer for the rescue department of the Ministry of Transport explained that the 7,170-tonne vessel was on her way to Shanghai from Busan, the Republic of Korea, when she ran aground off an island in northern Zhoushan on November 30 after facing gale-force winds what resulted in water entering the hull.

The officer reported that all 12 crew members were rescued with no health issues.

In order to prevent any potential oil slicks, the Shanghai bureau placed containment booms around the cargo ship. No oil-like substance has been reported floating.

Prior to reaching the shipyard, the vessel was brought to a nearby anchorage last week to shelter from strong winds.

World Maritime News Staff, December 15, 2011