A Vietnam-flagged cargo ship laden with 3,000 tonnes of rice has run aground off La Gi, Vietnam.
Hai Truong 36 with IMO registration number 8656154 was stranded at 10 29′ 45″N, 107 50′ 37″E at 02:00 h local time on 5 July.
The 2009-built, 3,083 dwt vessel sustained breach in its hull and took in water, causing the failure of the ship‘s main engine. The vessel soon listed 20°.
There were reportedly 13 crew members on board the vessel during the incident and they had tried to de-ballast the vessel to correct the list.
Upon notification of the incident, local search and rescue authority in Vietnam immediately dispatched tug Phu My 03 to assist Hai Truong 36.
Authorities lightered the ship by removing 500 tonnes of rice from it to allow Hai Truong 36 to refloat. However, the salvaging effort was hindered by fishermen who tried to loot the cargo and equipment on board the vessel.
No injury or pollution has been reported and Vietnamese authorities are investigating the cause of the incident.