The general cargo ship M/V RISE SHINE, loaded with containers, ran aground in the Sea of Japan in the morning hours of November 9, reports FleetMon. There are 14 crew members on board.
The accident happened in Vostok Bay, part of Peter the Great Bay, west of the Russian city of Nakhodka.
According to reports, the grounding was caused by water ingress into the engine room. The ship arrived in the port of Vostochniy from Ningbo, China, and then moved to Vostok in an attempt to take shelter from the storm.
Unfortunately, the ship did not withstand the storm, and after strong winds and heavy seas hit it, it ran aground. Despite some reports that the ship has been halved, the M/V RISE SHINE is still intact, although the ship’s hull has suffered extensive damage.
As reported by a Russian Coast Guard which was first to respond to the distress call, the probable cause for grounding was bad weather that entwined M/V RISE SHINE. It is expected that after the weather improves, a further investigation will be conducted to conclude whether the ship suffered engine failure or other mechanical issues that contributed to the grounding.
Due to bad weather, the rescue operation could not be carried out immediately. But, according to the latest information, all crew members are safe and no one was injured. In addition, no contamination has been reported so far.
A helicopter rescue operation is still underway, and rescue vessel LAZURIT was dispatched from Vladivostok to assist and assess the area for any pollution.
M/V RISE SHINE (IMO: 9164550) is a General Cargo ship built in 2000 and is sailing under the flag of Panama. Its carrying capacity is 5581DWT; the length overall is 100. Hong Kong-based Yihui Ship Management operates it, and at the time of the accident, there were 199 containers on board.