Two general cargo ships collided in the early morning of 13 July near the Xiaoban Men channel of Zhoushan archipelago in China, leaving one dead and another missing.
At 00:15 h local time on 13 July, China-flagged 4,071 dwt Wan Li 8 collided with Sierra Leone-flagged 5,287 dwt Heng Run, local authorities said on 14 July.
Wan Li 8 was loaded with 3,700 tonnes of steels and with 16 crew members on board. The vessel was en route from Zhangjiagang to Kaohsiung.
Meanwhile, Heng Run, loaded with 5,000 tonnes of ores, was en route from Vietnam to South Korea, with 12 crew members on board.
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At 00:20 h local time on 13 July, Wan Li 8 reported the accident to the Zhoushan Maritime Search and Rescue Centre. Heng Run sank shortly after the collision.
The rescuers dispatched two patrol boats, Hai Xun 22 and Dong Hai Jiu 101, to the site of the accident.
Three naval ships also joined the rescue operation.
The last crew member was still missing as of 13 July.