Vietnamese Cargo Ship Involved In Maritime Accident; Four Sailors Still Missing

Lipcon, Marguiles, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A

A Vietnamese cargo ship was involved in a maritime accident last month. The Vietnam Centre for Coordination on Maritime Search and Rescue (Vietnam MRCC) received an emergency call regarding the Saigon Queen vessel of the Saigon Shipping JSC just after midnight on Oct. 30. A total of 22 crewmembers were onboard the ship, which was transporting timber from Myanmar to India. The vessel sank off the coast of Sri Lanka.

Vietnam MRCC tried to contact the ship, but because the vessel was navigating through unfavorable weather conditions, no one was able to get through. The agency released a maritime emergency notification and joined forces with the search and rescue teams of Sri Lanka, the U.S. Coast Guard and vessels that were operating in the area to rescue the crew. At around 9 p.m., the Pacific Skipper ship, which flies a Greek flag, rescued three crewmembers and kept contact with 16 other sailors who were on a life raft.

Nearly two hours later, the Pacific Skipper was able to rescue the sailors on the life raft. Miraculously, only one crewmember suffered mild injuries. Four people are still missing: captain Nguyen Minh Luan, chief mechanic Hoang Van Ban, crew chief Tran Van De, and mechanic Pham Phu Huu.

The Saigon Queen was the first vessel of the Saigon Shipping JSC to be newly built in 2005. At that time, it was the largest vessel built in South Vietnam. Saigon Shipping JSC began using the vessel in Oct. 2008, two and a half years after it was rented by a Danish firm.

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