On June 9, the 106 meter long, 3688 dwt LPG tanker Annie Gas 09 collided with a fishing vessel TH 90282 TS in the Gulf of Tonkin near Hai Phong, Vietnam. The tanker had struck the fishing vessel during the early morning hours. The TH 90282 TS was heading to fish for squid off Hai Phong in moderate seas when the vessels collided. Reports state the fishing vessel quickly sank and only 2 of the 7 crew on board were rescued by the Annie Gas 09. One crew was at the helm and was thrown into the sea. He was able to grab onto a floating buoy until he was rescued. The other surviving crewman was below deck in his cabin during the collision. He states the fishing vessel quickly flooded and was able to find his way out of the vessel as it sank.
Authorities launched a search and rescue mission for the missing crew. Nearby vessels along with rescue boats assisted in the search. Reports state the Annie Gas 09 recovered the body of one crew of the TH 90282 TS from the water. Both survivors of the TH 90282 TS were later taken ashore for treatment for injuries.
No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released on the Annie Gas 09. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
On July 17, Typhoon Talas struck in the Gulf of Tonkin causing damage to multiple vessels along Vietnam’s coast.
The cargo vessel VTB 26 capsized in the the Gulf of Tonkin. The vessel was headed to Nghe An from Quang Ninh with 4700 tons of coal. The VTB 26 attempted to ride out the typhoon at anchor some 4 kilometers off the coast.
Authorities were alerted after communication was lost to the ship. The tanker Lam Hong 99 spotted a overturn hull near Hong Ngu Island. Not until conditions improved several hours later, authorities launched a search and rescue operation. Nine vessels began a search of the area for survivors. Some 12 hours later, seven crew from the VTB 26 were rescued. Two bodies were also recovered. Suvivors were taken to hospital for treatment.
The captain of the VTB 26 was one of the survivors. He stated that the vessel had capsized by strong waves throwing many of the crew into the sea. He stated several crew were trapped below decks. Reports state 4 crew were still missing.
Minh Cong 68
The cargo vessel Minh Cong 68 went ashore in the port of Hon La, Vietnam.
The 92 meter long cargo vessel Truong Thanh 88 and the 4281 dwt cargo vessel Thai Ha 26 ran aground during the typhoon. Both vessels had been at anchor off Cua Lo when strong waves push both vessels ashore. Reports state both vessels were to be salvaged. The 70 meter long Viet Dung 36 was in the port of Cua Lo unloading 3000 tons of salt cargo before the typhoon struck. The vessel attempted to ride out the storm in the Lam River, but was blown onto a river bank with its bow completely out of the water. The cargo vessel Minh Khanh 09 also was blown onto a river bank. The vessel had also tried to ride out the typhoon on the Lam River but its anchor dragged.
The 53 meter long freighter Chang Xin Shun 888 and the freighter Jin Ma 788 sank in the Gulf of Tonkin near Hainan Island, China. Both vessels were at anchor when became overwhelmed when the tropical storm Bebinca passed over the area. Authorities received a distress signal and dispatched rescuers to the scene. All 12 crewmen from both vessels were later rescued. Both vessels were loaded with cargoes of coal at the time. Reports state the Chang Xin Shun 888 sank to the bottom, but the bridge still remains above the surface.