A 104-meter long bulk carrier “Hai Jian 77” capsized near Xiao Qu Shan Island in Zhoushan prefecture, East China early Tuesday morning with nine crew on board.
Four crew members have been rescued by the rescue team dispatched to the scene by Ministry of Transport’s Donghai Rescue and Salvage Bureau. The remaining five crew are still unaccounted for.
According to Marine Traffic’s vessel tracking record, the ship’s last known port was Qidong, its destination unspecified.
The search and rescue operation is underway.
The Rescue and Salvage Bureau reported that the Chinese-flagged bulker turned upside down suddenly as it was battling stormy winds and rough seas.
World Maritime News Staff; Image: China’s Ministry of Transport