Vietnamese freighter Viet Long sank, crew detained, owner fined, Maldives
Maldives Transport Authority said Vietnamese freighter Viet Long sank during salvage on July 3 after she broke in two, on a 2500 meters depth. The shipowner is fined with MVR 508.6ml ($33.3ml) for pollution and damages to the reefs of Summer Island. It’s not a final figure, though, HaveeruOnline found out that more fines are to come. The crew of the vessel is detained, little doubt they’ll be kept as a guarantee of fine payment.
Vietnamese freighter Viet Long sank or sinking, Maldives
June 15, 2014
Vietnamese general cargo vessel Viet Long ran aground in position 04 33N 073 22E, 1.3 nm north of Summer Island, 24 nm north of Male, Maldives, on June 9, according to Vietnamese media. Vessel managed to refloat with the help of Coast Guard, and was anchored nearby, but started to take on water, in one of ballast tanks, cargo hold or holds, and engine room. During the night weather deteriorated, vessel drifted further to the sea, attempts to control water ingress failed. In the afternoon June 10 eight crew were evacuated, twelve stayed on board trying to salvage the vessel. Several hours later they’ve been also evacuated by CG. All crew safe and transported to Male. Salvage was hampered by rough weather. Oil spill reported.
Reportedly, vessel sank or sinking, present condition unknown. It is not known whether vessel is loaded or in ballast. Vessel left Tuticorin for Male loaded with cement and steel. According to AIS, Vietnam Long left Tuticorin on May 27, more than enough time to call Male, offload the cargo and sail off. AIS shows Tuticorin as destination port.