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Hai Ha 18

Hai Ha 18

Hai Ha 18
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The 59 meter long, 948 dwt tanker Hai Ha 18 suffered an explosion while berthed at Hai Phong, Vietnam.  The Hai Ha 18 had been loaded with 900 tons of gasoline when a fuel pump transferring the fuel malfunctioned causing an explosion.  A huge fireball erupted from the starboard tank and dense smoke filled the sky.  Local authorities dispatched up to 400 firefighters and 15 fire trucks while two vessels attempted to douse the flames.  Fearing the fire would get out of control authorities requested the Hai Ha 18 to be taken under tow away from nearby vessels and buildings. Nearby residents were told to be prepared to evacuate if the fire couldn’t be contained. After several hours, the fire was eventually brought under control.

Damage to the starboard hull was severe with part of the hull collapsed by the intense heat of the fire.  Booms were placed around the vessel in case the hull ruptures. The Hai Ha 18 still had some gasoline in its cargo tanks after the fire which will be pumped out. No reports of any deaths from the explosion or fire.

Hai Phong Collision

Hai Phong Collision

QNG98879TS

On March 20, the 1934 dwt cargo vessel Anh Duy 168 collided with the fishing vessel QNG-98879 TS off Hai Phong, Vietnam. The fishing vessel was struck amidships and quickly filled with water.  As the QNG-98879TS sank,  the 9 crew on board abandoned ship.  All were rescued by the Anh Duy 168 and by another fishing vessel nearby.  The 15 tons of fish on board was lost.

Akari

Akari

The 162 meter long, 17785 dwt container ship Akari became stranded near the island of Hon Dau, Vietnam.   The Akari was en route to Hai Phong from Do Son when it grounded on an uncharted shipwreck.   No reports of injuries or damage.   Authorities have stated they plan to refloat and tow the Akari to Hai Phong.

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