Tuesday, December 8, 2009

More Bad Luck For Bulk Carrier Vessel Off Australian Coast

Accidental Anchorage causes problems for Coal Ship
Shipping News Feature

QUEENSLAND – AUSTRALIA – The Panamanian registered Hai Xiang was at the centre of a mystery today as she lay anchored at the entrance to Gladstone Harbour surrounded by a flotilla of four tugboats. The suspicion is that something went wrong whilst the coal carrier was under way and she loosed her anchor accidentally. This caused the vessel to become stranded about fifteen kilometres off the coast.

Latest news is that the 228 metre vessel has been moved to her current position with instructions from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) not to proceed until repairs have been effected and she is fit to sail,

This is the latest mishap for the ship, in November a Chinese crewman was flown to Mackay Base Hospital after shattering his femur when some of the ships machinery fell on him whilst the vessel was about 20 nautical miles off the north Queensland coast.