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Sailors of sunken Nhat Thuan still missing
By Van Nam - The Saigon Times Daily
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Sailors of sunken Nhat Thuan still missing

By Van Nam - The Saigon Times Daily

HCMC – Three sailors of the Nhat Thuan Oil Tanker that exploded and sank off the coast of Vung Tau were still missing as of late on Thursday afternoon though rescue boats were searching the area, said an official of Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment.

Vị trí đặt quảng cáoNguyen Boa, deputy director of the department, told the Daily last night that it was fortunate that the oil was not spreading as 1,800 tons of waste oil and 10,000 liters of diesel oil were still inside the tanks of the ship that is now 20 meters below the ocean surface.

Tran Minh Sanh, chairman of the province, on Thursday afternoon called another urgent meeting with related agencies to contain the oil as well as to rescue the 3 sailors.

Sanh directed related agencies to continue using floats to surround the oil and to warn other ships in the area.

“Under the guidance of the province’s chairman, Binh Thuan Transport Company Limited as the ship owner must immediately sign a contract with Sao Mai Rescue Company of Vung Tau City to clean up the oil and to salvage the ship,” Boa said.

Vietsoveptro will assist with the clean up and the salvage.

According to surviving ship captain Le Van Nha, most of the crew was asleep when he heard three explosions within seconds of each other and then saw a 10-meter-high flame rise from the stern.

The 66-meter Nhat Thuan, with a 1,800 ton loading capacity, was loading waste oil from Chi Linh Tanker of Vietsovpetro when the accident happened.

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