The Vietnamese fishing vessel BTh-96818 TS sank after collision with general cargo ship Dong Phong 68 in South China sea. The accident happened on several nautical miles off Mui Ne in Binh Thuan province, Vietnam. The general cargo ship was en route from Vung Tau to Nghe An, carrying 2550 tons of fertilizers, when collided with the fishing ship due to poor visibility and probably by mistake of the duty officer. Following the collision, the fishing vessel BTh-96818 TS started getting water ingress and was abandoned from the four crew members. All the fishermen were rescued by the general cargo ship Dong Phong 68 and taken to the shore without serious injuries.
The Vietnamese fishing ship BTh-96818 TS sank several minutes after collision, but currently there is no report about water pollution and oil spill. The local authorities detained the general cargo vessel for investigation about the root cause for the accident. According to preliminary information, the watch keeper on board of the general cargo ship Dong Phong 68 is the main responsible for the collision, but police and authorities are still collecting witness evidences.
general cargo ship Dong Phong 68 (IMO: 8981638) is operating under the flag of Vietnam. The ship was built in 2003 by Hanoi Shipyard and operated by the local company Dong Phong Shipping. The general cargo vessel has overall length of 80.00 m, moulded beam of 12.60 m and maximum draft of 4.50 m. The deadweight of the ship is 3,625 DWT and the gross tonnage is 1,596 GRT.