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Fire spreads on stranded vessel

Update: October, 21/2013 - 09:27

A crane ship from Vanuatua, which is stuck in southern Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province's Vung Tau City after running aground three years ago, caught fire yesterday.— Photo Xuan Mai

BA RIA-VUNG TAU (VNS) — A crane ship from Vanuatua, which is stuck in southern Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province's Vung Tau City after running aground three years ago, caught fire yesterday.

By 8pm yesterday the fire was still out of control, despite the efforts of local authorities.

According to fire fighters, the blaze started from the inside the ship's cabin, making it hard for them to extinguish the fire. Meanwhile, a strong wind and the shallow depth hindered their efforts.

The ship's anchor was broken in July 2010 at Can Gio port in HCMC, and the vessel drifted away before running aground in Vung Tau.

The ship is 196m long and 50m wide. It weighs around 25,000 tonnes. — VNS

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