150 tonnes of oil from sunk vessel pose risks to environment

23-Oct-2019 Intellasia | The Saigon Times | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Competent agencies and task forces are promptly sucking 150 tonnes of oil out of a container vessel that sank in the Long Tau River in HCM City’s outlying district of Can Gio on October 19, the local media reported.

Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The on October 20 directed the competent forces to quickly fish out the container vessel VIETSUN INTEGRITY, whose owner is VietSun Corporation, gather containers and take 150 tonnes of oil out of the ship to avoid polluting the river and affecting the environment.

Nguyen Xuan Sang, head of the Vietnam Maritime Administration, said that many buoys were used to cover the area of the sunk ship to prevent oil spills. A little oil was leaked out of the ship, but was already collected.

Multiple cranes have been dispatched to the scene to gather containers floating on the river, Sang said, adding that the administration and the relevant agencies would quickly fish the ship out.

Minister of Transport The ordered that the process of fishing out the ship must ensure the maritime and environment safety.

Besides this, The told the administration to collaborate with the relevant agencies to determine the cause of the incident and clarify responsibilities of the organisations and individuals involved to impose strict sanctions in line with the prevailing regulations.

Earlier, Vietnamese-flagged container ship VIETSUN INTEGRITY sank in Can Gio District’s Long Tau River at around 1.50 a.m. on Saturday, but no casualties were recorded.

The ship, over 132 meters long and with deadweight tonnage of more than 8,000 tonnes, was carrying 285 containers, heading from HCM City to Hai Phong City when it went down.



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