This bulk carrier received instructions to anchor in a designated port anchorage area occupied by other vessels. When approaching the anchorage, the Master placed his vessel on a Northerly heading with the intention of passing between two other anchored vessels. As the bulk carrier was about to pass between the two anchored vessels with the main engine on "dead slow ahead", the Master noticed that he was rapidly setting down onto the vessel anchored to starboard. He immediately ordered "full ahead" to increase the effectiveness of the rudder but the attempted avoiding action was unsuccessful with the starboard side of his vessel colliding with the bow of the anchored vessel.
Ships are alerted to expect an increased number of fishing boats when sailing in Chinese waters
The UK P&I Club have received the following circular from correspondents Huatai, regarding potential collisions with fishing boats while sailing in Chinese waters as the fishing ban period in the region comes to an end.