Unmanned Sierra Leone vessel stranded in central Vietnam

By Dac Thanh   December 2, 2023 | 07:13 pm PT
Unmanned Sierra Leone vessel stranded in central Vietnam
Sierra Leonean vessel King Rich is stranded in the southern parts of Cu Lao Cham Island in Quang Nam's Hoi An City, December 1, 2023. Photo by VnExpress/Anh Hong
An unmanned Sierra Leonean vessel carrying liquid, weighing almost 14,000 tons, was found stranded at Cu Lao Cham Island off central Quang Nam Province on Friday.

The Cu Lao Cham border guard station in Hoi An City said the vessel is named King Rich, spanning 132 m in length and 21 m in width. It was designed to carry liquid, and there was no one onboard at the time it was found.

When it got swept to shore, impacts with rocks damaged it and may have caused it to sink. As there are rough seas at Cu Lao Cham, authorities could not gain access to the vessel to determine what it was carrying exactly, as well as how much fuel it had left.

Border guards have informed the Quang Nam Maritime Administration about the matter and there could be measures against the possibility of the ship sinking and its fuel leaking out.

For now, border guards and local militia members of Tan Hiep Commune are watching over the ship.

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