Vietnamese boxship loses power, slams into crane

A feeder boxship slammed into a crane on the Long Tau river near Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam on Sunday, resulting in the collapse of the crane onto the vessel, and significant damage to the the ship and many boxes, with four containers also reported to have fallen overboard.

The incident happened after the 2004-built 672 teu Phuc Khanh suffered an engine failure and lost its power when it was sailing upstream on the river. The out-of-control ship drifted, sending a barge into a spin prior to slamming into the crane at the base of the giant bridge.

The 4.7 km cable-stayed bridge linking Ho Chi Minh City with Dong Nai has been under construction since 2015. It forms part of the Ben Luc – Long Thanh expressway project.

Following the incident, the ship was towed to a terminal in Ho Chi Minh City to avoid congestion on the navigation channel.

Ship registration information shows the vessel is operated by Vietnamese company Global Logistics Services.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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