Winter weather appears to be primary factor in the sinking of two merchant ships off China yesterday leaving at least 10 sailors confirmed dead.
According to a report by the Shandong Maritime Safety Administration, the Zhejiang-registered bulk carrier Xing Dragon 65 suffered mechanical issues and foundered in heavy seas of Penglai, China, east of Beijing on Sunday at 2056 local time. Three sailors have been confirmed dead while nine are still missing. The Xing Dragon 65 was a 88-meter, 3,400 gross ton bulk carrier on a voyage from Weihai to Tianjin.
Three hours later, the 95.9 meter, 2,813 gross ton Tianjin Hai Lines-owned bulk carrier “Purple Haishun” sank in the Yellow Sea while in heavy seas.
The following is the last known position of this Purple Haishun:
Seven people have been confirmed killed and seven are still missing. Search and rescue operations are currently underway involving upwards of 28 merchant vessels and a search and rescue helicopter .
The Purple Haishun was bound for Bayuquan from Wenzhou.