The 180 meter long, 38055 dwt bulk carrier Pacific Cypress caught fire while berthed in Hakodate, Hokkaido. The fire started in the vessel’s engine room and quickly grew out of control. The 17 crew safely evacuated the bulk carrier while local fire brigades fought the blaze. After several hours, the fire fighters were able to extinguish the fire. No reports of injuries. Details to the extent of damage caused by the fire was not reported.
On July 14, the cargo vessel Jia Yuan 19 caught fire in the Pearl River off Guishan, China. The Jia Yuan 19 was at anchored off Guishan when a fire broke out in one of the crew’s cabins. The fire quickly grew out of control and the vessel requested assistance. Authorities dispatched a vessel to the scene which was able to bring the fire under control after several hours. No reports of injuries to the six crew on board the Jia Yuan 19. Reports state the cargo vessel was en route to a shipyard for repairs. No details to the extent of damage caused to the vessel.
On July 9, the 190 meter long bulk carrier Tian Sheng 18 allided with the 90 meter long, 4172 dwt tanker Shuang Long Hai on the Yangtze River at Changzhou, China. The Shuang Long Hai suffered a hull breach and broken cargo pipe resulting in a fire on board the tanker. All 15 crew on board the tanker were able to escape. Fire fighters were able to extinguish the blaze by the following day.
Authorities placed booms around the tanker to contain any pollution released.