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Cargo Ship Sinks off Gaolan Port

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…As Maersk Karachi goes ablaze at Bremerhaven Port

Zhuhai Maritime Bureau rescued nine crew members from a cargo ship that sank near the Gaolan port on May 21, China’s Maritime and Safety Administration reports.

The captain of the cargo ship Guangdong Union 68 reported water ingress in the ship’s engine room, which reportedly disabled the engine at around 7 pm local time.

The vessel was adrift in high waves some 700 meters from the entrance to the Gaolan port’s main channel. The captain of the ship initially intended to beach the ship on one of the surrounding shores.

The nine crew members abandoned the ship and boarded a life raft. Zhuhai Maritime Bureau deployed tugs which reached the sinking ship and the crew at around 7:10 pm local time.

The Guandong Union 68 was en route from Hong Kong to Taishan, laden with 2,600 tons of dry bulk cargo.

Zhuhai Maritime Bureau reported no oil spills, and is closely monitoring the area to prevent any secondary accidents.

Meanwhile, the 300-meter container ship Maersk Karachi suffered a second accident at the German port of Bremerhaven when a fire broke out in one of its holds while it was reportedly undergoing welding repairs on May 22, the local daily NWZ Online reports.

Four tug boats and seventy fire fighters battled with the flames for eight hours before the fire was finally contained.

No one was injured in this incident, as the workers contracted to repair the Maersk Karachi had enough time to leave the ship.

The welders were reportedly working on the ship’s cargo hold which suffered damage after the last week’s accident when  a crane boom collapsed and crashed onto the Maersk Karachi,  killing a 52-year-old crane operator.

The unfortunate operator was loading and unloading the 6,674 TEU boxship when the boom collapsed and his gondola fell into the hold of the vessel. The Maersk Karachi and several containers aboard the ship had suffered damages and were in need of repairs.

The total extent of the damage is still unknown.

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