Accident caused by mass pilots quarantines, Shanghai

China implemented extremely strict restrictions on pilots activities in a number of ports, including biggest ports along Yangtze waterways, causing massive delays and congestions. Ships have to anchor in space-restricted anchorages, in dangerously close proximity to each other. Witness, Captain of nearby anchored ship, reported to MB an accident, the result of pilots quarantine policy. In December, some 200 pilots were put under quarantine after two of their colleagues tested positive, and de-facto, pilotage prohibitive restrictions were implemented.
According to Captain’s visual observance and overheard radio talks, bulk carrier OLIVE BAY anchor chain entangled with the chain of another ship, on Jan 8 or 9, in Yangtze estuary between Chongming island and Taicang, Shanghai area. Floating crane and tugs responded, trying to disengage chains and free the ships.
China’s zero-covid policy is either politically/economically motivated act, to raise rates and costs, and/or make the West so desperate that it won’t protest against any Chinese next political/military move; or it’s a pure insanity – “zero-covid strategy” has absolutely nothing to do with science or facts, or statistics, or common sense. The whole “covid” story is an insanity of course, but some are more insane, than others.
Bulk carrier OLIVE BAY, IMO 9718624, dwt 55183, built 2015, flag HK, manager PACIFIC BASIN SHIPPING HK 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.