Two Container Ships in Collision in Ho Chi Minh City 

On Nov 2, 2017, at 5 a.m. the “OM Iridium” was in allision with the “TRF Kaya” which was moored at buoys on the Dong Nai river off the Cat Lai Container Terminal on the Dong Nai river.

The “OM Iridium” was leaving Ho Chi Minh City port, but after the allision she was taken back to port with bow damage. TThe “TRF Kaya” was struck at the port side stern and suffered significant damage. Several containers were crushed, one 40-foot reefer container with frozen Basa-fish fell overboard and drifted toward the Cat Lai ferry on the Nhon Trach side of the Dong Nai province.

Hundreds of local people and many boats rushed to the scene in an attempt to loot the fish and caused some kind of chaos. The Ho Chi Minh City Maritime Authorities coordinated the response with units of Cat Lai Tan Port, Water Police Station 6, the Border Guard Station, the Communal Police of Phu Huu, deploying the vessels “TC06”, “A2”, “A3”, “A5”, “A9” of the Saigon Newport Corporation and the Port Authority to recover the lost container and debris which was drifting in the harbour waters.

Om Iridium

The crash had caused the “TRF Kaya” to break all of the buoys and to drift downstream. She was later secured at a safety buoy and later towed to a quay. The O.M. “Iridium” was moored at the Nha Be anchorage at 12.20 p.m.