|The vessel, carrying 26 tonnes of hydrochloric acid, sunk on the Đồng Nai River. – VNA/VNS Photo|
ĐỒNG NAI — Officers from southern Đồng Nai Province’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment, in co-operation with Biên Hoà Chemical Plant, have successfully collected all hydrochloric acid from a sunken ship in the Đồng Nai River.
Trần Trọng Toàn, head of the department’s Environmental Protection Division, said the work was completed on Monday morning. Workers recovered 26 tonnes of hydrochloric acid from the vessel, contained in 20 plastic buckets.
Toàn said after the ship floundered, the buckets containing the chemical were covered, and all were removed without acid leaking into the river.
The ship would soon be salvaged, he said.
At 4pm on November 11, the ship was loading cargo at Nhất Nam Domestic Port in Biên Hoà City’s An Bình Ward when its hull was punctured, causing water to flood the vessel.
After being notified of the incident, officers began to empty the ship during the night. — VNS