Ship capsizes departing from Ho Chi Minh City

A 34-year-old Mongolia-registered general cargo ship capsized yesterday as the 2,470 dwt Alica readied to set sail from Ho Chi Minh City to Indonesia.

Eighteen containers slipped from the ship into the Soai Rap river as the ship suffered a severe loss of stability. Mooring ropes managed to keep the rest of the vessel afloat. No injuries were reported in the accident.

The local maritime administration has issued a warning to ships passing nearby as not all the containers in the river have been retrieved.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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