CNOOEC's Working Vessel Sunk Offshore Hong Kong during Rescue Operations

China's CNOOC Engineering (CNOOEC) said on July 27, 2012,  through a statement on its website that one of its working vessels – HYSY 699 – had sunk after it was hit by Typhoon Vicente.

The company added that the HYSY 699 lost power near the eastern coast of Hong Kong, and the vessel sank while a rescue team was towing it back to the shipyard.

All of the crew on the vessel managed to evacuate and there were no casualties.

CNOOEC was unreachable for an update on the vessel's operations on Monday.

The Hong Kong Observatory had issued an alert on July 27, 2012, which stated that the alert warning on Typhoon Vicente was being raised from a tropical storm to a severe typhoon. "Such rapid intensification near the territory was unprecedented," the Hong Kong Observatory said.

After battering Hong Kong and parts of South China last week, the typhoon has since passed, with the Hong Kong Observatory reporting Monday's weather as "sunny".

The HYSY 699 is the most powerful tri-use working vessel that CNOOEC owns. It was purchased by the company for $43 million in 2008. CNOOEC reported that the company is in the process of filing an insurance claim for the loss of the vessel.


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