As a result of flooding which took place in a ship engine room, a Chinese containership, the Xin Hong 328, has sunk off the Shajiao anchorage near Guangzhou Port, China, according to Splash 247.
It was recently reported by PTI that a cargo ship had sunk near Camiguin, an island situated close to The Philippines, however, 26 seamen were saved before the ship completely capsized.
In this incident, all eight crew members were rescued but the search for the ship’s 72 shipping containers is ongoing.
In a global context, container shipping accidents can occur frequently, with the most recent being the Carla Maersk vessel which collided with a bulk ship, spilling unknown quantities of a hazardous chemical into the ocean.
Harsh weather conditions can also provoke hazards, as was the case with two ships docked at the Port of Sydney, which collided as a result of a severe storm.
The Suez Canal was also witness to a serious container ship crash, after two vessels collided with each other near the northern mouth of the canal.
There are understood to have been no casualties on the Xin Hong 328 and patrol boats are in the process of checking seawater for any harmful spillages.