Crew Abandon Burning tanker ship, currently Drifting Alone

By Accidents
Vietnamese Coast Guard announced that they have obtained a distress call from a tanker ship at 10:05 a.m., yesterday. The distress call was sent from proximity to Truong Sa Islands, 272 n.m. south east from Vung Tau city, Vietnam

The Vietnamese Coastal Information System Station that received the distress signal instantly alerted the S&R units in the region of the accident and tried to contact the tanker for further information but didn't get any response.

Later on the same day, Vietnamese Coast Guard confirmed that tanker ship Theresa Bitung encountered fire in the engine room and crew members completely lost control of the ship. All people were forced to abandon the damaged Theresa Bitung vessel.

According to reports, relevant agencies were requested to assist the distressed tanker vessel and got feedback from the vessels operating in the area of the accident to support the burning Theresa Bitung tanker.

All the Theresa Bitung crew members were safely rescued at 1:44 p.m. and transported to Hong Kong, by Mayden Voyage, a Greek bulk carrier. The Vietnamese Coast guard later contacted to the bulk carrier Mayden Voyage to ensure the number of saved crew members from the distressed Theresa Bitung tanker ship.

There are not injured people from the Theresa Bitung's crew and the tanker ship is currently  on fire and drifting alone in open sea.

Theresa Bitung
Chemical/ Oil product tanker ship
172 / 26 m
9.5 meters