Xin Hong (former Glory Summit) underway. Photo by mgklingsick via Marine Traffic.

15 Sailors Missing From Bulker Off Vietnam

John Konrad
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December 18, 2020

At least 15 sailors were missing on Thursday after the Panama-flagged cargo ship Xin Hong capsized in rough seas off Vietnam.

The incident happened near the province of Binh Thuan when the Xin Hong with 11 Chinese and four Vietnamese sailors onboard was transporting 7,800 tonnes of clay from Malaysia to Hong Kong, aljazeera reports.

According to Equasis, the ship was a 6178 Gross ton bulker built in Japan in 1999 and was classified by Bureau Veritas. The ship is owned by Hong De Shipping, a company registered in Hong Kong.

Sailors aboard the Xin Hong asked Vietnam for help early Thursday when the ship began to list in rough seas according to a local media report.

Vietnam sent a coast guard vessel to search for missing sailors and they had found an inflatable life raft near the sinking ship with no one inside. No further details are currently available.

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