BA RIA – VUNG TAU — Damages caused by the sinking of container ship Truong Hai Star on Monday night off the Vung Tau coast amounts to hundreds of billions of Vietnamese dong (millions of US dollars), according to the Chu Lai Truong Hai Shipping Lines Company Ltd., which owns the vessel.
Tran Huu Hoang, director of the one-member company, said the ship had 64 brand new automobiles on it.
Hoang said that when it sank, the 3,500-tonne Truong Hai Star was carrying 66 containers, 26 of which contained 64 new automobiles of various models that had just been released from the Truong Hai Plant in the central province of Quang Nam.
"The automobiles were damaged as sea water inundated all the containers. All the vehicles had electronic systems," said Hoang.
The automobiles were being transported from Ky Ha Port in Quang Nam Province to HCM City.
Hoang said both the container ship and the damaged automobiles were insured, and representatives of the insurers visited the site on Tuesday.
The ship sank off Vung Tau's Front Beach after colliding with the 40,000-tonne Thai vessel Krairatch Dignityon at around 11.30 pm on Monday.
The collision caused a crack on the left side of Truong Hai Star, causing it to sink, according to the local agencies.
There were no human casualties, with all 16 crew members rescued.
At around 5 pm on Tuesday, 21 containers on board the sunk vessel were salvaged by rescue ships. — VNS