Posted on September 17, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Chinese-flagged Bulk Carrier, HUA JIANG 17 collided with a grain terminal at China’s Taizhou Port shortly after it entered the facility.
According to initial reports, the vessel lost control of its main engine as it was entering the port and proceeded to crash into the Hauifu Grain Terminal located at Jiangsu Province, Yangtze River.
The crew attempted to stabilize the vessel by dropping the anchor but any attempts to sto the course of the ship ultimately failed.
As a result of the collision, a facility at the terminal collapsed completely, while the vessel itself sustained extensive damage.
The local maritime safety authority dispatched three tugs to the scene in order to aid the distressed vessel. They eventually managed to dislodge the ship and guide it out of the crash site.
No injuries have been reported as a result of the incident; information as to the extent of the damages on both the vessel and the terminal are limited at this time.
Local authorities have opened an investigation in order to determine the exact cause of the incident.
Hua Jiang 17 is operated by the Chinese-based company, Jiangsu Huajiang Shipping. At the time of the incident, the vessel had been transiting from China’s Gaogang port.