The 190 meter long, 56692 dwt bulk carrier Yue Dian 57 collided with the 40 meter long patrol vessel Zhongguohaijing 3062 near Nei Island in the Pearl River estuary, Guangdong, China. The bulk carrier was headed to Tianjin from Guangzhou when it struck the patrol vessel. The Zhongguohaijing 3062 capsized and sank sending the eight crew into water. Local fishermen were able to rescue all eight crew. No reports of injuries.
The Yue Dian 57 dropped anchor near the incident site. Authorities quickly dispatched a salvage team to the scene. A barge with a crane was able to raise the patrol vessel.
Reports state the Zhongguohaijing 3062 was engage in monitoring the area for illegal fishing. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
On April 9, the 135 meter long passenger ship Amaverde collided with another river passenger ship on the Main River near Eltmann, Germany. The Amaverde was on a cruise from Nurnberg to Budapest with 160 passengers. While en route to Bamberg, the Amaverde struck head-on with the other passenger ship while passing under the Eltmanner Road Bridge. Both vessels sustained damage in the bow estimated to be over 10,000 Euros. No pollution released.
The Amaverde proceeded a short distance and evacuated all 160 passengers on board. Passengers were later picked up by coaches. No reports of injuries. Authorities later fined the master of the Amaverde for illegally unloading passengers. Reports state the damage was limited and the Amaverde proceeded on to Bamberg. Passengers had embarked and the vessel continued on its planned voyage to Erlangen.
On April 6, the 97 meter long, 6033 dwt cargo vessel Xiang Zhou collided and sank off Nantong, China. The Xiang Zho was en route from Nantong to Busan, Korea with 4,000 tons of steel coils when it was struck by a lighter vessel some 13 miles off shore. The Xiang Zhou quickly capsized and sank.
Chinese authorities were alerted and launched a search and rescue operation. Some five patrol boats, 10 commercial vessels and several tugs began a search in the area for survivors. The rescuers found 2 crew and rescued them from the water. However, 12 crewmen are still reported as missing.
Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.