New Wehai – Dalian ferry explosion and fire, VIDEO

Ferry ZHONG HUA FU QIANG suffered an explosion, followed by fire, in the evening Apr 19 at Weihai Port, when she was about to depart to her port of destination Dalian. All passengers were evacuated, cargo deck was sealed and filled with CO2, but as of afternoon Apr 20, fire was still raging, with black smoke billowing from the ship. Ferry is serving the line Weihai – Dalian, China, Yellow sea, she was built in 2020 and has been put to service in Sep last year.
Passenger ro-ro cargo ship ZHONG HUA FU QIANG, IMO 9899404, GT 37883, built 2020, flag China, operator WEIHAI HAIDA PASSENGER.

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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.