Chinese coastal container ship MEI CHENG 866 left Qinzhou, Guangxi Zhuang Region, China, Gulf of Tonkin, at about midnight Jul 3, the ship encountered rough weather early in the morning Jul 4 and tried to shelter off the coast, SW of Qinzhou. She was pushed aground, after probably, anchor drag, at around 0200 Beijing time Jul 4. Tug and SAR boats were sent to assist. The ship was battered by waves, with no chance of towing her off shallows, in danger of sinking, so all 8 crew were evacuated. Later MEI CHENG 866 was reported to sink.
Container ship MEI CHENG 866, MMSI 413524060, length 98 meters, flag China.