A Vietnam-flagged general cargo ship has capsized off Quang Ngai, Vietnam because of heavy weather. All 10 crew on board of the 1,599 dwt, Xuan Lam 10 were rescued by a passing fishing vessel near the vicinity of the incident. Initially, Xuan Lam 10, with IMO number 9634775, encountered strong waves and high winds on 18 January while en route from Quang Binh to Phu Yen, Vietnam. The 2011-built vessel soon took water in its cargo hold at around 21.00 hours local time and developed list to port. Crew of the Xuan Lam 10 then attempted to pump out the water from the cargo ship, but their efforts were futile. They issued a distress call and abandoned the ship before it sank 1.4 miles off Quang Ngai, Vietnam in Lat. 15 10 N Long. 108 55E, at 00.30 hours local time yesterday 19 January 2015.Later, a fishing vessel, Qng 91007, rescued all the 10 crew of Xuan Lam 10 after picking up the distress call while passing through the area. No injuries were reported and the crew were subsequently brought ashore for medical attention. Further investigation will be carried by Vietnamese authorities to determine the cause of the sinking.

Source: IHS Maritime