A Vietnam Coast Guard ship had its railing damaged on Tuesday after being intentionally rammed by a Chinese ship around China’s oil rig Haiyang 981 illegally planted in Vietnamese waters in the East Vietnam Sea, according to Vietnam Coast Guard officials.
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Many Chinese vessels have besieged, purposefully crashed into, and fired high-power water cannons at Vietnamese ships, tasked with persuading the Chinese side to leave the area, since May 1 when China illegitimately placed the drilling rig in Vietnam’s seas.
At around 8:30 am today, Vietnam Coast Guard ship CSB 4032 was being besieged by three Chinese ships.
One of the three Chinese vessels slammed into the left side of CSB 4032, causing damage to its three ventilation fans, and smashing a 10m-long part of the railing.
In the meantime, the Chinese vessels also blasted Vietnam fisheries surveillance force ship #628 with water cannons at a location of 5.3 nautical miles from the rig.
Also on May 13, the Chinese side deployed 86 ships including two military vessels to guard the drilling rig despite strong protests from Vietnam.
The rig is located at 15°29’58’’ North latitude and 111°12’06’’ East longitude in the East Vietnam Sea, within Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf, as the drilling platform lies about 119 nautical miles (221 km) from Ly Son Island off the central Vietnamese province of Quang Ngai and 18 nautical miles south of Tri Ton Island of the Southeast Asian country’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago.