The Border Guard Command in Quang Nam Province, central Vietnam on Friday found an unmanned Sierra Leone-flagged vessel with a tonnage of nearly 14,000 metric tons and a length of 132 meters grounding on the coast of the province.
The vessel was identified as King Rich, a cargo ship registered by a man named Chiu.
It suffered an engine failure in the waters of the Philippines on November 18 and drifted offshore before running aground in Vietnam, the Quang Nam Border Guard Command reported on Saturday.
Nearby vessels saved all crew members aboard King Rich. It carried no cargo at the time of the incident.
Its owner had sought to pull the ship ashore in vain as the position of the vessel was unknown at the time. He has assigned an insurance company to take responsibility for handling it.
|Border guards in Quang Nam Province access the vessel. Photo: T.Q.T. / Tuoi Tre
Informed of the vessel running aground, the Quang Nam administration required relevant units to access and handle it to prevent an oil spill.
The Border Guard Command in Quang Nam Province is implementing surveillance and protection measures to prevent local residents from accessing the ship.