Cargo ship sank after grounding, breached hull, Vietnam

General cargo ship HUY HOANG 18 sank in Binh Dinh province waters, central Vietnam, South China sea, at night Dec 10. The ship with some 3,000 tons of coal, 9 crew and 2 passengers on board, was en route from Ho Chi Minh to Haiphong. Reportedly, the ship ran onto small islet some 4 nm off the coast of Phu My district, breaching hull in several places, with ensuing water ingress. Understood the ship went off islet’s coast or reefs and continued sailing, but crew weren’t able to take water ingress under control. All people were rescued.
General cargo ship HUY HOANG 18, IMO 8669242, dwt 3022, built 2008, flag Vietnam, manager HUY HOANG COMMERCIAL.

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