HONG KONG May 5 Eleven crew of a Chinese cargo
ship are missing following a collision with a large container
ship in the waters off Hong Kong on Monday, authorities said.
Hong Kong is one of the world's busiest shipping channels,
although serious accidents are rare.
The cargo ship Zhong Xing 2 sank after the collision with
the 300-m- (984-ft-) long Marshall Islands-registered MOL
Motivator about two nautical miles southwest of Po Toi Island, a
spokeswoman of the Hong Kong Maritime Department said.
"Zhong Xing 2 is suspected to have sunk after the collision,
and it is reported there are 12 crew onboard," said the
spokeswoman, who declined to be identified in line with
"One of them was picked up by a fishing vessel navigating
close by," she added. The remaining 11 crew of the Chinese ship
were reported missing.
Rescue efforts were being co-ordinated by the Guangdong
Rescue Co-ordination Centre as the incident happened outside
Hong Kong waters, the spokeswoman said.
Hong Kong's Marine Rescue Co-ordination Centre is assisting
the rescue and has deployed one helicopter, five marine police
launches and three fire service department launches.
MOL Motivator, which has a dry weight tonnage of 79,400
tonnes according to Thomson Reuters data, was travelling from
Hong Kong to Yantian port in southern China.
Hong Kong is the world's fourth largest container port,
after neighbouring Shenzhen, which occupies third place.
Vessels navigating near the collision site have been warned
there may be a sunken ship nearby and have been asked to stay
The Hong Kong Observatory issued an amber rain warning,
signalling expectations of heavy rain in parts of the territory
Thirty-nine people died in the city's worst maritime
disaster in more than 40 years in October 2012 when a high-speed
ferry and a pleasure boat collided.
(Reporting by Alice Woodhouse; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)