|Date||:||September 3rd, 2015|
|Vessel involved||:||MV. Zhe Pu 01833|
|Location||:||China’s Ningbo-Zhoushan Port|
The vessel reportedly lost engine power when it sailed close to China’s Ningbo-Zhoushan port. The failed power caused it to lose propulsion thereby striking reef on the Xiashimen Channel. Resultantly, the vessel’s hull sustained serious damage. The allusion caused the vessel to take in water rapidly. They made a distress call to the nearby Ningbo Port and tugboats were sent for rescue. The five crew members attempted unsuccessfully to pump out the fast-rising water from within the ship. No loss of life was reported. All crew members were transported to safety.
The water ingress was beyond rescue and the vessel soon sank. The 40-meter Zhe Pu was on its way from Taizhou to Ningbo-Zhoushan, transporting about 300 tons of cement. Rescue tugs are still kept at the spot where the ship sank to look for oil spills.