HA NOI — Two Vietnamese seamen died while four were injured when their ship, registered as the Jung Woo III, caught fire in Montevideo Port on March 3, according to Uruguayan officials.
Officials from the Montevideo Port office told a Vietnam News Agency correspondent that the fire occurred on Saturday afternoon while 40 seamen, mostly Asian, were working on the South Korean ship. Among them, 26 were Vietnamese. Two Chinese seamen were also injured in the blaze.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vietnamese Embassy officials, based in Argentina, responsible for Uruguayan relations, had worked closely with relevant authorities to treat the injured as well as provide other Vietnamese seamen with temporary accommodation and care after the accident.
The officials visited the seamen and helped repatriate the remains of the dead while also assisting seamen who wanted to return home.
Embassy representatives called on the ship owner, Suwoo Corporation, to take responsibility for the incident on the Jungwoo III.
The dead were identified as Nguyen Van Hiu, 30, and Tran Van Duan 25, both from central Ha Tinh Province while the injured included Nguyen Hai Duong, 21, Nguyen Van Tuan 30, Nguyen Tien Son, 26 and Le Duc Thang, 21.
Mobilised by the Labour Overseas Deployment Corporation and the International Manpower and Service Company, victims of the incident stand to receive US$16,000 per head in insurance payouts while investigations into the fire remain ongoing.
In mid-January, Jung Woo II, also owned by the same Korean company, caught fire in the South Pole coastal zone in mid January, killing three Vietnamese seamen.
Four Vietnamese seamen were seriously injured during a fire on a South Korean vessel at the same port in September, last year. — VNS