Freighter Hai Phong 02 on fire and abandoned
General cargo vessel Hai Phong 02 issued distress signal on Oct 19 13 from position 18 13N 106 30E, Gulf of Tonkin, reporting fire on board and imminent evacuation of the 11 crew. Crew wasn’t able to leave the vessel, because fire cut off access to boats and raft, crew moved to forecastle. Vessel was already disabled and adrift. Salvage boat SAR 274 reached distressed vessel at around 1340 LT, an hour later crew was rescued, no injures reported. Vietnamese salvage managed to put fire under control and take vessel on tow, vessel was towed to Vung Ang , Ha Tinh.
General cargo vessel Hai Phong 02, IMO 9026370, dwt 1579, built 2004, flag Vietnam, manager HAI PHONG TRADING & TRANSPORT, Haiphong.