Ship Carrying Vietnamese HRC to Bangladesh Lost in Andaman Sea
Vietnamese bulk carrier with 11,000 tonnes of steel coil on board disappeared in Andaman sea during Jul 31 – August 01, while en route from Ho Chi Minh Vietnam to Chittagong in Bangladesh. But as of September 1, there’s still no clarity or full information on Bangladeshi side, what happened to the ship and why she sank, if she sank. One of Bangladeshi companies awaiting the cargo said that they still don’t have any information with regards to ship & cargo fate, so that they can’t yet claim the insurance.
According to media reports, general cargo ship TAN BINH 127 issued distress signal reporting water ingress and then sinking, on August 1 in Andaman Sea some 150 nautical mile North West of Phuket Island in Thailand. TAN BINH 127 was en route from Ho Chi Minh to Chittagong, via Singapore. 18 crew left the ship in a lifeboat, and later were rescued by container ship MCC CHITTAGONG, which was en route from Chittagong to Port Klang Malaysia. MCC CHITTAGONG reached Cat Lai port in Ho Chi Minh and handed rescued crew, comprising of 13 Vietnamese and 5 Indian nationalities, over to Vietnamese Coast Guards, on August 8.
The vessel TAN BINH 127 (IMO: 9240043, MMSI 354984000) was a General Cargo Ship built in 2001 and was sailing under the flag of Panama. According to Vessel Finder, the last position of TAN BINH 127 was at South East Asia (coordinates 3.75462 N / 100.10355 E) reported on 30 July 2021