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.
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.
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.