Ship runs aground off Xiamen, 20 crew rescued

General cargo vessel CS Future at Xiamen. Credit: IHS Markit AISLive ship tracking portal

China’s maritime search-and-rescue (SAR) centre said that its branch in Xiamen port went to the aid of CS Future, a 2010-built 34,000 dwt general cargo ship that had ran aground and suffered flooding in its ballast water tank.

All 20 crew members were rescued in the incident, which happened around 0813 h local time on 10 January 2020.

The Xiamen SAR centre had detected the distressed vessel over the vessel traffic system, which indicated that CS Future was stranded in the Liuwudian channel.

After evacuating the crew members, comprising 16 Chinese nationals, 3 Myanmarese, and 1 Indian national, the SAR personnel worked on recovering the grounded CS Future.

Two tugs, Haixun 0802 and Haixun 08179, were deployed for the salvage works and, on 13 January, CS Future was lifted and escorted to a berth in Haixiang Terminal in Xiamen.

IHS Markit’s AISLive data shows that CS Future had loaded fertilisers in Qatar Fertilizer Company’s terminal in Mesaieed, Qatar, and after bunkering in Singapore, was en route to Xiamen when it ran aground.

CS Future was carrying 360 tonnes of heavy fuel oil and 76 tonnes of low-sulphur fuel oil, but no oil pollution occurred.

Sea Star Ships Management, the operator and technical manager of CS Future, told SAS that the damage to the vessel is still being assessed.