A crew of five seamen from the city of Wenzhou in China were reported missing following a collision in the East China Sea, according to maritime authorities in China’s Zhejiang province.
Bulk carrier Ocean Loong (IMO 9122679) was said by China Daily to have collided with fishing vessel Zhecangyu 00808, registered in Wenzhou, during the evening of Tuesday 4th, about 85nm off the coast of Wenzhou. The fishing boat sank with five men on board, all of whom were still missing as of Wednesday morning.
A search and rescue operation was underway with helicopters and rescue vessels in the area.
The Ocean Loong had been en route from Tieshan to Lanshan. As of January 7th the Ocean Loong was at Wenzhou anchorage.
1997-built, Panama-flagged, 38,995 gt Ocean Loong is owned by Ji Kun Hai Ltd care of manager Xiamen Datong Xinluyang Shipping Co Ltd of Xiamen, Fujian, China. It is entered with London Club on behalf of Ji Kun Hai Ltd (PICC).