Four missing after offshore construction platform partially capsizes

The partial capsizing of offshore construction platform Sheng Ping 001 (IMO 9678965) on July 25th in Guangdong, China has left four people missing, with 63 rescued.

The platform tilted dangerously, flooding the deck and almost capsizing off the coast of Huizhou in Guangdong Province.  Local reports said that the Huizhou Maritime Safety Administration began a search and rescue operation after receiving reports of the accident at around 11:00 local time. The 90×50 metre platform formerly the Teras Fortress 2 began tilting while working on the CGN New Energy offshore wind power construction project, according to reports.

Reports said that many people fell into the water and were rescued. Huizhou Maritime Safety Administration dispatched a coast guard patrol boat and alerted nearby vessels to assist in the search. Five boats were also dispatched by Guangdong Provincial Marine Comprehensive Law Enforcement Corps.

Pictures and video shared to Chinese social media site Weibo showed  what appear to be civilian boats and crews rescuing crew members from the water.

By 14:00 local time on July 25th more than 30 vessels, including maritime affairs, maritime police, fishery administration, tugboats, passing merchant ships, nearby fishing boats, and helicopters were assisting with the search for the missing crew.

Listed under its former name with Equasis as Teras Fortress 2, 2015-built, China-flagged (Marine Traffic information) 6,700 gt Sheng Ping 001 is listed with Equasis as owned by Virgo Shipping Pte Ltd care of Teras Offshore Pte of Singapore.

It is entered with West of England as 2012-built Sheng Ping 001, (Hong Kong Claims Team) on behalf of owner Tianjin Jincheng Offshore Engineering Co Ltd, which is likely to be a more up-to-date record than that with Equasis.

Helicopter shot:

Mobile phone footage from rescuing vessels: