A Chinese ship collided with a foreign cargo ship off the east
China coast at around 4:00 AM Sunday. The foreign ship sank
immediately and 20 crew members are missing, according to marine
police in Taizhou City, in east China's Zhejiang Province.
The 6,500-ton cargo ship "Harvest" was en route from Shanghai to
Vietnam when it collided with the Chinese cargo ship "Jinhaikun",
at 28 degrees 20.8 minutes north latitude and 122 degrees 2.6
minutes east longitude, in Taizhou Bay, east China.
All 20 crew members aboard -- nineteen Chinese and an Indonesian
-- are missing.
The 17,061-ton Chinese ship is from Fuzhou, capital of east
China's Fujian Province and was bound for Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu
Three patrol boats from Zhejiang marine police, two professional
rescue vessels, a helicopter and four fishing boats have converged
on the area to try to save the seamen. The Chinese navy has also
sent two escort vessels and a helicopter to assist rescue work.
An investigation has been launched into the cause of the
(Xinhua News Agency April 8, 2007)