Capesize bulk carrier collision with Chinese bulk carrier off Shanghai, details and pics

May 26 UPDATE: CASTA DIVA left anchorage early in the morning May 26, new port of destination Hua Feng (ZHOUSHAN HUAFENG SHIP YARD CO.,LTD), ETA May 26, for repairs.

CASTA DIVA collided with Chinese bulk carrier MING LIAN at around 1930 UTC May 19 (0330 May 20 Beijing time). CASTA DIVA left Shanghai (Jiangyin, Wuxi, Yangtze river) and was proceeding to sea after disembarking pilot, MING LIAN was sailing in WNW direction, en route to Rizhao, Yellow sea, N of Shanghai. According to information provided, Chinese ship was to give the way, having CASTA DIVA on her stb. MING LIAN breached ColReg and was struck by CASTA DIVA bow, sustaining serious damages, including hull breaches (see photos). CASTA DIVA is about 6 times bigger than MING LIAN, for vessels of such size it’s often impossible to safely maneuver in heavily trafficked areas. She could avoid collision with MING LIAN and collide with some other ship. It’s often humanly impossible to do anything, to avoid accident. Heavily trafficked lanes to and from Shanghai in this area are crossed by North-South lanes, to and from Bohai sea and northern Yellow sea. Mainland Chinese freighters it seems, use ColReg with Chinese specifics, namely – there’s only one rule in their ColReg, and this rule is very simple – if there’s risk of collision between two ships, it’s a problem of other ship, not mine. Notorious mess of ships traffic off Shanghai is ripe for accidents and disasters.

May 23: I was informed by MB reader, Captain, that VLOC CASTA DIVA, collided with unknown vessel while leaving Shanghai, on May 20. Bulk carrier according to his information, was seriously damaged and is in need of dry docking, she was proceeding at 13+ knots speed at the time of collision.
No other details available at the moment. CASTA DIVA was anchored same day and remains anchored at one of Shanghai’s outer anchorages. She’s to be in ballast, with Australia being her destination.

Bulk carrier CASTA DIVA, IMO 9492359, dwt 177807, built 2011, flag Malta, manager MARINE TRUST LTD., Greece.
Bulk carrier MING LIAN, IMO 9579444, 32650, built 2011, flag China, manager FUZHOU HUAMING SHIPPING CO LTD.

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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.