Vietnamese freighter sank off beach, pollution alert

General cargo vessel VIET HAI 06 with 3004 tons of steel coil at 1440 ITC (Indochina Time Zone) Aug 23 reported fuel tank rupture and water ingress into engine room, danger of sinking, 3 nm off Ninh Chu coast, Ninh Thuan Province, north of Vung Tau, Vietnam. Vessel with 9 crew was en route from Vung Tau to Thanh Hoa. Master managed to take vessel close to beach, VIET HAI 06 sank some 500 meters of beach, rested on bottom partially above water. Crew abandoned vessel, no injures reported. Vessel started to leak, there are some 20 tons of fuel on board. Local authorities declared pollution emergency, understood
General cargo vessel VIET HAI 06, IMO 8650007, dwt 3160, built 2009, flag Vietnam, manager VIET HAI CO LTD, Haiphong.

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