Capesize Vessel Collides With Bulk Carrier!

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Maritime Bulletin reports of the collision between Capesize bulk carrier (Casta Diva) with the Chinese bulk carrier (Ming Lian) off Shanghai.

Bulk carrier collision

VLOC Casta Diva, collided with unknown vessel while leaving Shanghai, on May 20. The bulk carrier was seriously damaged and was in need of dry docking, she was proceeding at 13+ knots speed at the time of collision.

Also read: Capesize bulk carrier seriously damaged in collision while leaving Shanghai

Casta Diva was anchored the same day and the remains were anchored at one of Shanghai’s outer anchorages. She was to be in ballast, with Australia being her destination.

Incident update as of May 26

Casta Diva left anchorage early in the morning May 26, new port of destination Hua Feng (Zhoushan Huafeng Shipyard Co. Ltd), ETA May 26, for repairs.

Casta Diva collided with Chinese bulk carrier Ming Lian at around 1930 UTC May 19 (0330 May 20 Beijing time).

Casta Diva left Shanghai (Jiangyin, Wuxi, Yangtze river) and was proceeding to sea after disembarking pilot, Ming Lian was sailing in WNW direction, en route to Rizhao, Yellow sea, N of Shanghai.

According to information provided, Chinese ship was to give the way, having Casta Diva on her stb. Ming Lian breached ColReg and was struck by Casta Diva bow, sustaining serious damages, including hull breaches.

Casta Diva is about 6 times bigger than Ming Lian, for vessels of such size it’s often impossible to safely maneuver in heavily trafficked areas. She could avoid collision with Ming Lian and collide with some other ship.

  • Heavily trafficked lanes to and from Shanghai in this area are crossed by North-South lanes, to and from Bohai sea and northern Yellow sea.
  • Notorious mess of ships traffic off Shanghai is ripe for accidents and disasters.

Vessel Information

  • Bulk carrier CASTA DIVA, IMO 9492359, dwt 177807, built 2011, flag Malta, manager MARINE TRUST LTD., Greece.
  • Bulk carrier MING LIAN, IMO 9579444, 32650, built 2011, flag China, manager FUZHOU HUAMING SHIPPING CO LTD.

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Source: FleetMon

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