When a 3000-ton freighter carrying fuel oil ran aground in the waters of Haihe River, the maritime department worked out a rescue plan along with the shipowner and a tugboat operator and rescued the stranded ship successfully three hours later.
At 14:45 on March 16, the emergency command subcenter of the Haihe Maritime Safety Department received a notice from the maritime search and rescue command center of Tianjin Maritime Safety Bureau; an oil tanker had run aground between the Xiangluowan water area of Haihe district and a newly opened bridge. After receiving the notice, the law enforcement team of the Haihe Maritime Department immediately arranged for personnel to send to the scene for an on-site investigation.
At 15:00, law enforcement officers of the Haihe Maritime Department boarded the grounded ship and evaluated the state of the vessel. As it was an oil tanker, serious damage to the ship’s hull could have caused a severe water pollution incident in the Haihe River. Therefore, the law enforcement personnel immediately requested the ship’s crew to prepare anti-pollution materials and inform a wharf nearby to prepare an oil fence and other anti-pollution emergency facilities in case of an emergency. Meanwhile, authorities contacted the operator of a high-powered tugboat to launch for the rescue mission.
At 17:30 a 5000 horsepower tug arrived at the grounding site. Through the communication between authorities, the tugboat operator, and the crew of the stranded ship, the rescue plan for the first escape was finally executed the stranded ship successfully escaped by 19:00.
At present, maritime law enforcement officers are investigating the events that led to the grounding incident.