Friday, May 7, 2010

MOL Bulk Shipping Vessel Sinks Off China After Collision

All Crew Safe
Shipping News Feature

CHINA - Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has announce that one of the bulk vessels, the 178,739 DWT Bright Century, has sunk after colliding with another ship off the coast of China.

According to a statement released by MOL the Bright Century, which was shipping 170,000 tons of iron ore from Dampier, Australia to the port of Bayuquan, Liaoning Province, hit the Liberia-registered freighter Sea Success in foggy conditions on the 2nd of May.

The ship sank at around 5:30 a.m. local time after the entire crew of twenty-three was rescued by other vessels. The Sea Success is reported to now be docked.

At the time of its sinking, the Bright Century had around 400 tons of fuel oil and about 70 tons of diesel oil left in its tanks. An oil slick approximately 5,500 meters long and 1,000 meters wide has been observed, and Chinese authorities are taking the necessary countermeasures.

MOL has established a task force headed by the company’s President, Akimitsu Ashida, to investigate the incident.