The 25 meter long high-speed passenger ship Vina Express 01 was lost on the Saigon River near Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The hydrofoil had departed from Ho Chi Minh City with 92 people on board bound for Vung Tau when a fire broke out in the engine room. The fire quickly grew out of control and soon the vessel was engulfed in flames. The master of the vessel drove the vessel onto the river bank to let passengers escaped. No reports of injuries as all 85 passengers and 7 crew escaped unharmed. The Vina Express 01 continued to burn to the waters edge before it sank. Authorities have suspended operations for all other hydrofoils in the area.
Salvage was completed for the 3183 dwt freighter Bien Nam 17 which had sank on February 10, 2012 with 3,200 tons of clinker on the Nha Be River near Ho Chi Minh City. The salvage company used a bucket crane to remove the cargo of clinker. Divers were sent to patch a hole along the starboard side of the hole. Finally, a crane lifted the Bien Nam 17 from the riverbed while six pumps dewatered the vessel. Tugs pushed the freighter closer to the shoreline where it dropped anchor. Authorities will conduct an inspection before the vessel goes into drydock for further repairs.
The 3183 dwt freighter Bien Nam 17 sank on the Nha Be River near Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The freighter had lost steering before it strucked two vessels, Maritime 36 and Agnes, anchored on the river. The Bien Dam 17 starboard hull was severely damaged and suffered water ingress into the holds. The vessel quickly flooded and sank by the stern. Eleven of the 12 crew on board were rescued by nearby boats. A missing crewman body was later recovered. The vessel’s fuel tanks were ruptured allowing 8,000 liters of fuel to be released into the river. Reports state authorities have deployed booms around the vessel to prevent any further pollution being released. The Bien Nam 17 was carrying 3,000 tons of clinker at the time. Owners of the vessel state they will salvage the vessel.
A report states the vessel lost steering due to a large whirlpool in the river.