On December 20, the Binh Dinh Provincial Border Guard Command coordinated with the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Binh Dinh Provincial Police to hand over three Chinese crew members who were rescued from a sinking barge to Tree Marine Company Limited.
According to the Binh Dinh Provincial Border Guard Command, on December 14, the tugboat NING HAI TOU 6001 (flag of China) sailed from Duyen Hai port, Tra Vinh to China towing NANG YANG barge. When arriving in the waters of Binh Dinh province, about 20 nautical miles from the coast of My Tho commune, Phu My district to the northeast, the barge broke its cable and sank.
Tugboat NING HAI TOU 6001 sent the rescue message to the shipping agent in Vung Tau city to dispatch the Binh An ship to assist in the rescue. On December 15, the Binh An ship approached the sunken barge and rescued 3 Chinese crew members. After that, Binh An ship sailed to Xuan Dai Bay (Song Cau town, Phu Yen province) to avoid Storm No.9.On December 17, Tree Marine Company Limited – the representative of 3 Chinese crew members reported to the Quy Nhon Maritime Administration, Quy Nhon Border Guard Command and brought the crew ashore for medical isolation for Covid-19.
Through the initial examination, the health of the three crew members was stable. Once completing the quarantine, the crew members will be allowed to conduct repatriation procedures to China.