The general cargo ship Rich Better collided and sunk the Vietnamese fishing vessel BD 96660 TS in South China sea on 85 nautical miles east off Nha Trang. The accident happened during the night in moderate visibility and was caused due to lack of navigation lights from the Vietnamese fishing vessel. Following the collision, the fishing vessel capsized and sank, throwing into the water the 6 crew members. The people were wearing life jackets and were rescued by the general cargo ship without any injuries. The cargo ship Rich Better reported about the accident and resumed voyage to Shanghai with rescued fishermen on board, where will be inspected.
The local authorities started investigation of the accident. The general cargo ship did not suffered any damages during the collision, but local police took witness evidences from the crew in relation with responsibility for the collision.
The general cargo ship Rich Better (IMO: 9007350) has overall length of 117.90 m, moulded beam of 19.60 m and maximum draft of 7.90 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 9,013 DWT and the gross tonnage is 7,989 GRT. The ship was built in 1991 by Honda Heavy Industries in their shipyard in Saiki, Japan. The owner and operator of the general cargo ship Rich Better is Chinese company Josco.