Cargo Vessel and a Boxship Collide, 12 Missing



TWELVE crew are missing after the Xiang Zhou general cargo vessel and a boxship collided near a Chinese river late on Wednesday.

According to AIS data from Lloyd’s List Intelligence, the 2009-built, 6,033 dwt Xiang Zhou and the 2007-built, 1,700 teu Van Manila crossed paths at around 2300 hrs on April 5 at the estuary of the Yangtze River off Nantong.

Chinese authorities were able to rescue two crew from the Xiang Zhou after locating the shipwreck, but another 12 of the vessel’s crew are still missing.

The two crew revealed their vessel came in contact with the Van Manila, according to a Lloyd’s agent. There have been no reports of injured or missing crew from the Van Manila.

China-based Ningbo Shanglun Shipmanagement is Xiang Zhou’s owner and manager based on LLI data. The company could not be reached for comment.

Hong Kong-based Sanasia Management is the owner of Van Manila, according to LLI, while Hong Kong-based Northstar Ship Management manages the vessel.

Sanasia Management could not be reached for comment and Northstar did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Reference: Lloyd’s List, Shanghai Daily


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