Container ship smashes into port in Vietnam

Brand-new container ship Wan Hai A02 (IMO 9935090) lost control while manoeuvring and turning around in Thi Vai river curve, Cai Mep, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, during the early evening of July 13th. The ship was leaving Cai Mep Container Terminal at that time. The Wan Hai A02 moved on and contacted bulk carrier Vassos 2 (IMO 9852810), which was berthed at Interflour Terminal. The jolt and pressure on pier construction caused the collapse of some 46 metres of pier, along with the destruction of conveyor and suction cargo handling equipment. The Wan Hai A02 moved to Vung Tau outer anchorage. The ship had arrived at Cai Mep on July 13th from the USA via Shenzhen. According to port call records, this was only its second voyage. Damage to the two vessels was thought to be slight, probably slight. The Wan Hai A02 was reported to have suffered a stern portside dent, possibly a breach.

2023-built, Singapore-flagged, 123,104 gt Wan Hai A02 is owned by Wan Hai Lines Singapore Pte of Singapore. It is managed by Wan Hai Lines Ltd of Taipei, Taiwan. ISM manager is Columbia Ship Management of Singapore. It is entered with Gard AS on behalf of Wan Hai Singapore. For Hull it is entered with Taiwan Gard AS on behalf of Wan Hai Lines Ltd. As of July 15th the vessel was at Ho Chi Minh Anchorage, apparently awaiting the results of the ongoing investigation and damages assessment.

2019-built, Cyprus-flagged, 43,297 gt Vassos 2 is owned by Lemessos Shipping Corp care of Safety management Overseas SA of Athens, Greece. It is entered with Gard P&I on behalf of Lemessos Shipping Corp. As of July 15th it was moored at Cai Mep.