General cargo ship fire, 15 crew rescued, East China sea

MRCC China was alerted at 0652 Beijing time Apr 1 by distress message from general cargo ship in East China sea. The ship reported major fire in superstructure, asked for evacuation. Salvage ship was sent to assist, at 0815 Beijing time all 15 crew were transferred to salvage ship by a lifeboat. As of 0700 UTC, the ship was still on fire. The ship was bound for Ulsan Korea.

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My name is Mikhail Voytenko, I’m Russian, professional merchant marine navigator, by education and former experience. I own and run Maritime Bulletin website for more than 10 years. I've been involved in solving a number of piracy hijack cases, including the hijack of ro-ro FAINA, loaded with tanks. It was me who made public, and unravel, freighter ARCTIC SEA mystery. I've been also closely involved in a number of maritime disaster, one of them being MSC FLAMINIA major fire.