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Asia coast storms in Pacific cause several ship accidents

The storms along the Pacific coast in Asia last week not only caused the loss of the Jin Tian (see above story) and the grounding of general cargo ship Xin Hai Zhou 2 (IMO 9507104) (IMN, January 26th) but also resulted in the stranding of a Vietnamese coastal cargo ship, washing ashore in strong waves.

2009-built Hoang Gia 46 (MMSI 574012519), which was travelling along the Vietnamese coast, was caught in a storm on January 26th. The 3,000 dwt vessel, with a crew of 11, was carrying 2,715 tons of rice from My Thoi to Haiphong when it was washed ashore in the Sa Huynh region of central Vietnam.

Reports from Vietnamese television showed the vessel grounded in the storm, with a punctured hull and apparently without power. The vessel was reported to have struck a reef after becoming disabled. The vessel was then trapped in the high surf and washed ashore. The captain of the vessel called for assistance and the Border Guard organized a rescue team along with local citizens.
A video of the incident shows people swimming toward the vessel from shore with in the water wearing life jackets, although it was unclear if this was the crew of the vessel. The Border Guard reported that the crew was rescued.

The vessel is owned by the Hoang Gia Transport Co, which is headquartered in the Thuy Nguyen district.

2008-built, Panama-flagged (Marine Traffic information) 8,461 gt Xin Hai Zhou 2 is owned by China Huarong Financial of Zhejiang, China. It is managed by Ningbo Haizhou Shipping Co Ltd of Ningbo, Zhejiang, China. It is entered with London Club on behalf of Ningbo Haizhou Shipping Co. No AIS since January 18th, when the vessel was underway off the Philippines.

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