Crew evacuated from grounded cargo/container ship

As reported yesterday in IMN, general cargo ship Rise Shine (IMO 9164550), with containers on board, grounded in a storm off the Russian coast late on November 8th. The seriousness of the grounding necessitated  a rescue operation by Russia’s Emergencies Ministry. The authorities reported that the operation was complicated by the fact that the vessel was in a hard-to-reach location and that there were high seas and winds.

The 5,580 dwt vessel had been sailing from China’s Ningbo port when it went aground near the Russian city of Nakhodka, far eastern Russia. The vessel radioed the Russian authorities for assistance around 21:40 local time on November 8th, reporting that it had grounded. Winds at that time were reported to be gusting over 33 mph and the seas were running between eight and nine feet.

A rescue vessel was despatched from Vladivostok but it was later determined that the only way to rescue the 14 Chinese crewmembers aboard the vessel would be to organize an airlift. The Russian Emergency Services reported that more than 60 people and 20 pieces of equipment were involved in the rescue. All crew members were successfully transferred to shore, although with no-one left on board, the presumption must be that the vessel will be a total loss.

The fate of the cargo was less sure. Rise Shine was reported to be carrying 200 containers, along with more than 300 tons of fuel and lubricants. Some media reports claimed that the hull of the Rise Shine cracked in the high seas, with unconfirmed reports suggesting that the vessel had actually broken in two.

1999-built, Panama-flagged, 4,450 gt Rise Shine is owned by Often Trading Co Ltd care of manager Yihui Ship Management HK Co of Hong Kong, China.

Video from beach of grounding

Evacuation (shot from helicopter) at