Cargo ship sank in Gulf of Tonkin, crew rescued

General cargo vessel DUC CUONG 06 with some 4600 tons of clinker on board sank on Aug 6 in position 19 16N 105 51E, some 4 nm south of Nghi Son port, Gulf of Tonkin, soon after vessel departed from Nghi Son, bound for Ho Chi Minh. Cause of the sinking yet unknown. 10 crew were rescued by nearby fishing vessels. 4818-ton, Vietnam-flagged freighter DUC CUONG 06 is not registered in known international ships’ databases, including AIS.

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