Ro-Ro ship hits reef in the Yangtze River
Ro-ro passenger ship Heji 609 hit a reef while it was sailing near Chongqing on the Yangtze River yesterday. The incident caused water penetration into the cabin, with the ship carrying 40 vehicles, 68 passengers and 20 crewmembers onboard. Chongqing Maritime Safety Administration sent a team for the rescue and managed to evacuate all the passengers and crewmembers onboard the vessel. Currently two salvage vessels and two floating cranes are moving the vehicles on the vessel to another ro-ro vessel Heji 616. The vessel is operated by Yichang Heji Transport, a shipping company which largely focuses on vehicle shipping on the Yangtze utilising a fleet of 15 ro-ro ships.
Chinese Cruise Ship Sunk By Tornado - Over 400 People Still Missing
At least five people are dead and over 440 people are still unaccounted for, after a tourist boat capsized on the Yangtze River in central Hubei province on Monday night. Rescue attempts are continuing, and officials said Tuesday morning that divers had heard sounds from within the ship’s hull, which may have been signs of life. By afternoon on Tuesday, 17 people, including the ship's captain, had been rescued, according to a report on CCTV, while authorities have so far recovered five bodies, Reuters reported. Frogmen from the Chinese navy, local troops and helicopters are aiding the rescue efforts, Xinhua, China's state-run agency, reported in a post on Twitter while another report from the agency said that the ship was not overloaded and was equipped with enough life jackets for those on board. The boat, the Eastern Star, was carrying 458 people, including 406 mainly elderly Chinese tourists, on a river cruise from the eastern city of Nanjing to Chongqing, when it was hit by a tornado. Reports say the accident occurred as many of the passengers were going to bed, and the vessel overturned within just one or two minutes, leaving the crew no time to sound a warning signal. More and photo at http://www.ibtimes.com/least-5-dead-chinese-cruise-ship-sunk-tornado-over-400-people-mainly-elderly-tourists-1947641
China’s largest inland port starts trials
China’s largest inland logistics port project, Chongqing Guoyuan Port, has started trial operation. The RMB10bn project has a designed annual handing capacity of 30m tons. Currently it has put four berths into operation with another 12 berths starting operation by the end of this year. According to Chongqing port, currently it is building a railway which will connect Guoyuan port to the Chongqing-Europe railway by 2014, and it will become an important gateway port on the Yangtze River to Europe and the largest inland intermodal port in China. [SinoShipNews 26/08/13]Upload News