MOL said Friday one of its dry bulk ships, the Bright Century, sank in the early morning hours of May 2 about 40 minutes after colliding with a Liberian-registered freighter in foggy conditions some 23 miles east of China’s Shangdong Peninsula.
All 23 members of the Bright Century’s all-Indian crew were rescued by another vessel steaming nearby.
The crew of the vessel with which Bright Century collided, the Sea Success, was rescued by helicopter and all are safe. It has been reported that the Sea Success is now docked.
The 178,739-deadweight-ton Bright Century was on a voyage from Dampier, Australia, with about 170,000 tons of iron ore bound for the port of Bayuquan, in China’s Liaoning Province. At the time of its sinking, the vessel had around 400 tons of fuel oil and about 70 tons of diesel oil left in its tanks. An oil slick approximately 1,800-feet long and 3,300-feet wide has been observed, and Chinese authorities are taking the necessary countermeasures. As of May 7, none of the slick had touched shore.
The cause of the accident is currently under investigation.
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