BA RIA-VUNG TAU – The final container from the sunken Truong Hai Star was salvaged yesterday in the southern coastal area of Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province, said a Sao Mai Marine Company representative.
According to the company which is responsible for salvaging containers from the ship, they finished salvaging 41 containers a day earlier than expected.
The company also reported no major problems or oil spills.
On April 10th, the ship sank off Vung Tau's Front Beach after colliding with the 40,000-tonne Thai vessel Krairatch Dignityon, losing its cargo of 64 automobiles worth hundreds of billions of Vietnamese dong.
Tran Hai Ha, the salvage team leader said his team worked in two groups with two cranes to speed up the recovery and prevent possible risks. The team leader also said they had salvaged what the ship owner reported.
Ha said that the cars in the containers looked rusty after being immersed in sea water for a prolonged period.
Vung Tau Port authorities have instructed the Sao Mai Marine Company to deliver the containers to the ship owner, the Chu Lai Truong Hai Shipping Lines Company Ltd, for restoration work and damage limitation.
Sao Mai Marine Company has also prepared plans to extract oil from the ship before salvaging it today. – VNS