Boxship destroys crane in river collision

Feeder boxship Phuc Khanh (IMO 9318905) smashed into a shoreside crane after suffering a catastrophic engine failure and loss of power on Sunday February 21st when on the Long Tau River near Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.

The crane collapsed, partially onto the vessel and partially into the water. It caused significant damage to the ship and many boxes. Four containers were reported to have been pushed overboard.

The 2004-built 672 teu Phuc Khanh was sailing upstream on the river when it lost power, going out of control. It drifted, hitting a barge and then slamming into the crane.

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 to Long Thanh expressway project.

Following the incident, the ship was towed to a terminal in Ho Chi Minh City.

2004-built, Vietnam-flagged, 6,701 gt Phuc Khanh is owned by Global Logistic Service Co Ltd care of GLS Shipping JSC of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

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