Vietnamese vessel loses power and ploughs into Thai houses

A small Vietnamese general cargo ship smashed into four riverside houses to the south of Bangkok as it lost power yesterday.

The Star 62 ploughed into the houses after it lost control of its rudder at a bend in the Chao Phraya river. No one was injured. The ship’s anchor was used to prevent the vessel from moving further up the river bank near to a home for the disabled.

The ship is owned by Hung Hung Trade & Transport, which said yesterday its insurance would pay for the damage to the houses.

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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