The bulk carrier was departing from the port bound for Tianjin under ballast, when laid of crossing routes with the coast guard vessel. The both vessel collided, which cause capsizing and sinking of the 40-meters China Marine Police 3062 ship. All the eight police officers on board of the vessels fell into the water, but Guangzhou Maritime Rescue Center coordinated local fishermen to join the SAR operations, who managed to save the eight crew. All were accounted and did not suffered serious injuries.
The bulk carrier Yue Dian 57 did not suffered serious damages during the accident, but was detained by local authorities near the scene of the accident for further investigation. The root cause and responsibilities related with the collision will be assessed by inspectors. The traffic in the area was blocked during the SAR, but later was released, as all seafarers must pass near the wreck site with increased cautious.
The Supramax bulk carrier Yue Dian 57 (IMO: 9475583) has overall length of 190.00 m, moulded beam of 32.00 m and maximum draft of 10.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 56,692 DWT and the gross tonnage is 32,969 GRT. The bulker is owned by state-run Guangzhou Yudean Shipping and operate under the flag of China.