Binh Duong vessel runs aground off Vietnam

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The 1,970-DWT cargo vessel, that is the Binh Duong 688 (IMO number 8665973), ran aground near Saigon, Vietnam on March 23.

The vessel was carrying 1,900 tons of coal at the time, when a fishing vessel crossed its path. The carrier veered away in an attempt to avoid the collision but instead hit into the rocks off the Hon Gom Peninsula.

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The hit resulted in the vessel sustaining hull damage in the bow, cargo hold and in the engine room, which led to water ingress with the engine room being flooded subsequently. Every one of the 9-man crew was rescued successfully and is now safe.

According to reports, the cargo vessel still had approximately 6,000 litres of diesel fuel on board at the time of the accident.