The "Quantum of the Seas" and the "Costa Serena" had to interrupt their approach to the Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal on May 11, 2017, after 37 containers loaded with waste paper scrap fell from the deck of the cargo m/v "Shungang 19" into the Yangtze River near Shanghai’s Wusongkou port in the night of May 10, blocking the waterway and stranding 13.000 passengers. The boxes overturned and dropped into the river at 9:57 p.m. while the "Shungang 19" loaded a total of 129 containers. Six containers have been salvaged after the rescue center with the Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration dispatched 11 salvage ships, six tugs and 11 patrol boats to search, position and salvage the containers from the river.
Two survey boats including the "Haixun 1668" from the center were scanning the waterway near the Wusongkou port to ensure the safety of other ships and boats in the Yangtze and Huangpu rivers. The waterway for cruise liners has been closed temporarily at the Wusongkou port due to the accident. The "Quantum of the Seas" and the "Costa Serena" had to anchor about two kilometers away.
Some 13,000 passengers were scheduled to arrive or leave the terminal with the cruise ships. The terminal has been organizing the stranded passengers to rest and wait for the reopening of the waterway. Other passengers were suggested to wait for updated information before heading to the terminal. All the lost containers were expected to be removed in the run of the day.
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