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Emergency after ships collide

EMERGENCY teams yesterday boarded a foreign cargo ship after fumes were reported in a cabin following a collision with another ship.

Officials said the situation was "under control" after a container of inflammable chemical goods was taken off the ship.

No one was injured in the incident, said officials, but they were still monitoring for possible pollution of the water.

Two foreign cargo ships, CSAV Petorca and CCNI Rimac, had collided near the Yangshan Deep-Water port around noon on Tuesday, said the Shanghai Marine Search and Rescue Center.

One cabin on the CCNI Rimac was damaged and water leaked in, said the center.

Officials said 26 containers onboard also fell into the water.

The ship requested to dock at the port after the collision but was told to stay in nearby waters so that emergency workers could get on board to check out the situation.

They found that the inflammable goods had reacted with leaking water and caused the fumes, officials said, adding that there was the possibility of explosions.

The crew was evacuated while emergency workers tried to move other containers off the ship.

City marine authorities said that they were looking for the missing containers. Water traffic has not been affected.

The cargo ship CCNI Rimac, built in 2001, is about 200 meters in length.

Its records said it had left Xiamen in Fujian Province on Sunday.


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