On January 16, the 75 meter long, 2368 dwt cargo vessel Viet Phu 16 suffered hull damage in the East China Sea near Cu Lao Cham Island, Quang Nam, Vietnam. The Viet Phu 16 was en route from Hai Phong to Chu Lai with 2330 tons of cement when it struck bottom. The vessel sustained bow hull damage and two cargo holds were holed. The crew directed the vessel to shallow waters off Cu Lao Cham Island to avoid sinking.
Authorities dispatched to scene and inspected the hull damage. Divers were later called to conduct repairs to the hull. No reports of injuries to the 10 crew and no pollution released.
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 August 11, the 70 meter long cargo vessel Hai Ha 38 sank in the South China Sea near Da Nang, Vietnam. The Hai Ha 38 departed from Quang Ninh to Can Tho with a cargo of 1600 tons of bricks. The Hai Ha 38 proceeded into strong winds caused by a nearby tropical depression when it suffered a cargo shift. The cargo of bricks shifted and the cargo vessel developed a 40 degrees list to starboard. With the Hai Ha 38 in danger of capsizing and sinking, the crew sent out a distress call and requested assistance.
Vietnamese authorities dispatched two search and rescue boats to the scene. Rescuers arrived a short time later and rescued all 11 crew members. One crewman jumped into the sea after panicking, but he was later recovered. No reports of injuries.