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Captain Dies After Vietnamese Cargo Ship Sinks in South China Sea

Captain Dies After Vietnamese Cargo Ship Sinks in South China Sea
A Vietnam-flagged cargo ship sank in the South China Sea after being caught in stormy weather.

The vessel, Toan Phat 68, capsized in the vicinity of Quy Nhơn Port on November 30, 2019, Thanh Nien reported.

The captain sank with the ship and died. His body was reportedly found some two nautical miles from the sinking location.

The remaining ten crew members managed to get into life rafts. They were rescued by a Vietnamese SAR boat later that day.

Operated by Thien Tan Trading and Transport, the 3,200 dwt self-discharging singledecker was built in 2003.

In 2016, Toan Phat 68 was involved in another incident in the South China Sea when it collided with and sank a fishing vessel, according to data provided by VesselsValue.


General cargo ship TOAN PHAT 68 reportedly sank in South China sea some 4 nm off Qui Nhon port, Bình Dịnh Province, central Vietnam, at around 1030 LT Nov 30. No other information available at the moment.

UPDATE: The ship loaded with 2950 tons of clinker was en route from Hai Phong to Can Tho, was caught in stormy weather, probably capsized because of cargo shift. 11 crew including Captain went into life rafts, and rescued by SAR boat at around 1200 LT, but regretfully, Captain was beyond medical assistance, suffering cardiac attack.

  • General cargo ship TOAN PHAT 68
  •  IMO 8981638
  •  dwt 3195
  •  built 2003
  •  flag Vietnam
  •  Haiphong.


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