The Chinese-flagged Container Ship, MEI CHENG 866 sank in the
early morning hours of July the 4th after encountering bad
weather while transiting off the Gulf of Tonkin.
Thankfully, the crew of the vessel are all considered safe &
in good health.
The incident occurred at approximately 02:00 am LT, southwest of
Qinzhou, in the Guangxi Zhuang region of China.
The vessel encountered particularly rough weather while sailing
through the region and sought shelter near the coast.
conditions led to the vessel being forced aground
Unfortunately, however, the adverse weather conditions led to
the vessel being forced aground. Reportedly, the waves reached up to 5 meters
in height, as the area was being battered by the typhoon “Mu-En”.
A tug was sent along to assist the distressed vessel alongside a
number of Search & Rescue vessels.
Regrettably, the high waves present in the area further
complicated any towing attempts on behalf of the SAR mission.
All 8 crew evacuated
since the vessel in high danger of sinking
MEI CHENG 866 was considered to be in high danger of sinking, so
all 8 crew members aboard the vessel were successfully evacuated by the SAR
As was expected, a short time later the container ship proceeded
It’s understood that the MEI CHENG 866 had been carrying over
100 containers at the time of the incident.