Posted on January 07, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
A Vietnamese cargo ship collided with a Panama-flagged bulk carrier in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam on the Evening of January the 7th.
The Vietnamese cement carrying cargo ship, crashed into the panama-flagged wood-chip carrier, Saio Southern Cross, on Monday evening, at approximately 2:00 am local time.
As a result of collision, the cement carrier was split in two. Due to the weight of the cement, the vessel proceeded to immediately sink.
Four crew members managed to escape the sinking vessel and were saved by local maritime authorities.
However, the Captain of the vessel, one Nguyen Van Thanh, did not manage to escape in time and was found dead in the ship’s cabin during a search & rescue operation later in the day.
Daio Southern Cross, with its crew of 20, sustained some damage during the incident and proceeded to dock in the Hon Gai anchorage.
No injuries were reported on board the vessel as a result of the accident.
Local authorities have launched an investigation to determine the cause of the accident and have asked the Panama-flagged vessel to remain in Hon Gai anchorage until the investigation concludes.