General cargo ship sank in Gulf of Tonkin, crew rescued

General cargo ship PHUONG NAM 09 sank in the morning May 9 in Gulf of Tonkin S of Hai Phong, in vicinity 20 13N 106 50 E. Six crew left the ship, understood jumped overboard in life jackets, and some 5 hours later they were rescued by vessel BP 030802, safe and sound. No information on ship’s cargo if any, ports of departure and destination, and cause of sinking. Ship didn’t have AIS, no records in AIS or intl ships databases.
General cargo ship PHUONG NAM 09, dwt 719, built 1995, flag Vietnam, manager PHUONG NAM CO LTD Haiphong (?).

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