Car carrier MAKASSAR HIGHWAY collided with dredger XIANG WANG CAI 17, 9 crew evacuated

Car carrier MAKASSAR HIGHWAY collided with dredger XIANG WANG CAI 17 at around 1830 LT Apr 1 in Taiwan Strait in vicinity 23 32N 117 48E, off Zhangzhou, China. XIANG WANG CAI 17, loaded with gravel, was damaged with ensuing water ingress, it was decided to take 9 crew off the distressed vessel, at around 2100 they’ve been safely transferred to a recue boat, no injures reported. Condition of XIANG WANG CAI 17 unknown, but by 1600 UTC Apr 2 she was afloat, most probably salvage is under way.

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