The German-flagged container ship Hansa Constitution veered off course in the busy Lamma Channel off Hong Kong and ran aground on Sunday afternoon.
Youtube footage captured in the Pok Fu Lam area of Hong Kong island showed the 31,730-tonne vessel turning to starboard and heading straight for shore:
The video shows an anchor being dropped in a bid to slow the vessel as it approached the sea wall near Cyberport on the south side of Hong Kong island.
No official account was available on Sunday from the Hong Kong Marine Department.
Hong Kong Shipowners’ Association managing director Arthur Bowring said the Lamma Channel was a busy shipping lane.
He said a pilot would have been on board by the time the vessel reached the channel and after watching the Youtube clip he suggested the ship may have lost steering.
The Hansa Constitution was en route from Yokohama in Japan to the Chiwan terminal at Shenzhen.