CA MAU — A ferry with a large oil tank aboard exploded while sailing along the Xang canal in southern Ca Mau Province, according to the provincial police.
About 20,000 litres of oil on the ferry, CM-00053, are at risk of leaking into the water and affecting large areas around.
Police were co-operating with and oil and gas workers to pump out the oil and rescue the ferry.
The ferry, owned by Dang Van Tuyet from Ca Mau City, exploded after it had extracted oil from another larger tank owned by the Bac Lieu Oil and Gas Joint Stock Company.
Experts said the explosion might have been caused by unsafe conditions during the extraction process.
Police said they would conduct an investigation after the leak had been controlled. — VNS