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Oil spill risk as ship sinks

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – A cargo ship, Ha An 01, sank in the waters 10 kilometers off the northern province of Thai Binh on September 8, leaving over one ton of diesel oil at risk of spilling.

A Thai Binh Marine Port Authority representative reported that at 7 a.m. on September 8, the agency received an urgent call from the ship, carrying six sailors and an assessor.

Strong winds and high waves battered the ship, causing a blackout and leaving it unable to be maneuvered.

After being notified, the competent forces were dispatched to the scene but bad weather affected search and rescue operations.

“The rescue efforts were challenging due to strong winds and high waves at the scene of the incident,” said Tran Sy Hung, head of the Border Guard Station at the Diem Dien Port Border Gate.

Eventually, the victims were rescued, but the ship sank at buoy No. 0, showing signs of an oil spill.

The provincial government of Thai Binh has asked the Office of the National Committee for Disaster Response and Search and Rescue to send forces to the site and deal with a possible oil spill.

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