Cargo vessel Viet Long sinking off Maldives

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Viet Long, a Vietnamese cargo vessel, has been abandoned taking on water north of Male (Maldives).

The vessel ran aground 1.3 nautical miles north of the Summer Island on June 9. According to Vietnamese media, the Coast Guard assisted the refloating of the vessel. Viet Long was anchored nearby, but started taking on water in its engine room, cargo holds and one ballast tank. The weather worsened during the night forcing the ship to drift further to the sea. The crew was unable to control the water ingress. Eight of the 20 crew members on board were evacuated on the next day (June 10) in the afternoon. The other twelve were still trying to salvage Viet Long but a few hours later the Coast Guard evacuated them too. The seafarers were transported unharmed to Male.

The salvage operation was hampered by the harsh weather conditions and an oil spill was reported near the site. The present condition of Viet Long is unknown. There is no information if the vessel managed to unload its cargo of steel and cement (loaded in Tuticorin on May 27).

Viet Long IMO 9010034

Viet Long (IMO number 9010034 and MMSI 574371000) was built in 1991. The DWT 7,044-ton vessel is managed by Eastern Dragon Shipping.