On July 5, the 69 meter long, 1952 dwt cargo vessel An Phu 868 was lost off Vung Tau, Vietnam. The An Phu 868 sailed from An Giang enroute to Hai Phong and Phan Thiet when it struck a shoal. The cargo vessel split-in-two and the cargo holds rapidly filled with water. The crew sent out a distress call and abandoned ship into the vessel’s life raft. Authorities alerted nearby vessels to assist in rescue efforts. The cargo vessel Truong Hai Star 3 responded and rescued all 9 crew of the An Phu 868. No reports of injuries. Reports state that the vessel remains on the shoal and a salvage team plans to remove the 10 tons of bunker fuel off the An Phu 868.
The 92 meter long cargo vessel Vtb 36 caught fire on the Thị Vải River near Vũng Tàu, Vietnam. The Vtb 36 was headed to Quy Nhơn from Cái Mép with 4630 tons of maize when a fire broke out in the vessel’s superstructure. Authorities were alerted with 2 coastguard and 5 tugs responding to the scene. The 12 crew and 4 persons on board were safely evacuated as the fire consumed the vessel’s superstructure. The blaze was later extinguished a few hours later. No reports of injuries, but the vessel sustained significant damage. Reports state the Vtb 36 is at anchor off Phước Hòa.
The 221 meter long, 37874 dwt container ship Northern Volition caught fire near Vung Tau, Vietnam. The Northern Volition was en route from Ho Chi Minh City to Shanghai with 900 containers when fire broke out in a container. The crew was able to extinguish the blaze, but two containers had already burnt out. The vessel diverted to Vung Tau to seek assistance to ensure no other fires were smouldering in any other containers. Reports state the vessel was to unload the impacted containers at Vung Tau. No reports of injuries or pollution released.