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« on: November 03, 2008, 09:06:05 am »

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This from the Lloyds List site @

'Five dead, three missing after boxship sinks of northeast China
By Sandra Tsui in Hong Kong - Monday 3 November 2008

FIVE seamen were found dead and three are missing after a Chinese-flagged cargo vessel sank off Yingkou port in northeastern China’s Liaoning province on Saturday afternoon.

Fourteen people and 146 containers were on board the 2,815 gt cargo ship Xin Ming Fa 17 when the vessel capsized off Yingkou port at around 13.30 local time on Saturday. Six seafarers were rescued by passing ships and helicopters and five dead bodies were found 12 nautical miles from the site of the event on Sunday, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Yingkou maritime search and rescue centre said this morning that the three remaining seamen were still missing.

It is unknown as to why the vessel sank but winds were high and the waves were about three metres tall when the ship went down.

Xin Ming Fa 17 belongs to Fuzhou Mingfa Shipping Co and was on its way from Yingkou to east China’s Fujiang province when it sank.

Based in east China’s Fujian province, the shipowner currently operates seven containerships and three bulk vessels. The company was not immediately available for comments.'

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