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Container ship crashes into Phuoc Khanh bridge construction site
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Container ship crashes into Phuoc Khanh bridge construction site

The Saigon Times

A container ship crashes into a tower crane at the Phuoc Khanh bridge construction site in Dong Nai Province – PHOTO: PLO

HCMC – An 8,000-ton container ship crashed into a tower crane installed for the construction of the cable-stayed Phuoc Khanh bridge project, a component of the Ben Luc-Long Thanh expressway project, raising concerns over its quality.

The incident occurred while the Phuc Khanh cargo ship was running on the Long Tau River at 6.00 a.m. on February 21, according to the HCMC Maritime Administration.

As its engine failed, the ship was drifting, resulting in the crash into the bridge construction site. With a vertical clearance of 55 meters, the tallest in the country, the bridge connecting HCMC’s outlying district of Can Gio with Nhon Trach District in Dong Nai Province, the local media reported.

There were no fatalities in the accident, said the HCMC Maritime Administration.

Following the incident, Deputy Transport Minister Le Anh Tuan assigned the HCMC Maritime Administration to promptly launch an investigation into the cause of the crash and report the result to the ministry before March 30.

Deputy Minister Tuan on February 22 conducted an on-site inspection at the bridge in Nhon Trach District in Dong Nai Province.

The deputy minister also asked the Vietnam Expressway Corporation (VEC), the investor of the Ben Luc Long Thanh expressway project, to work with the HCMC maritime administration to provide data for the investigation and review the quality of the components.

Apart from clarifying the responsibilities of the related sides, the units must ask for appropriate compensation for the damages.

VEC was tasked with asking consulting firms and contractors to check the quality of the project to ensure maritime safety in the construction process.

Besides, Deputy Minister Tuan told the investor to establish a team to assess the timelessness of components to ensure the project remains safe for a long time once it is put into operation.

Work on the Phuoc Khanh Bridge project, which is over three kilometers long, started in 2015. The project is designed to have four lanes and will require a total investment of over VND31.3 trillion.

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