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  Heavy load carrier Zhen Hua 10 ran adrift in storm

    samedi 2 février 2008

2.2.08 - Last night the heavy load carrier Zhen Hua 10, which was anchored near Rotterdam, ran adrift in storm conditions and floated towards the Dutch coast, where she finally ran aground at the ’Slufter’-beach at the Maasvlakte. For a while it appeared that the vessel was in danger of capsizing, but she was soon stable being stuck in the sand. The Zhen Hua 10 is loaded with 5 containercranes (of which one is destined for the new Euromax-terminal at Rotterdam) from Shanghai and has a crew of 33, which are still on board and not injured.

The Zhen Hua 10 is 244 metres long, 40 metres wide, has a maximum draught of 8.5 metres and a deadweight of 45323 tonnes. She was built in 1981 by Astilleros y Talleres del Noroeste S.A., Spain as an oil tanker and was converted to a heavy load carrier in 2005. The vessel is operated by Shanghai Zhenhua Shipping Co. Ltd, China.

If weather permits, an attempt to refloat the vessel will be made tomorrow (Sunday, February 3.) afternoon at high tide. After refloating, the vessel will be surveyed and when in order, she will continue her voyage, after unloading the crane at Rotterdam, to Rotterdam

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