A high-speed boat that capsized off HCMC's coast in August 2013, leaving nine people dead. Photo: Nguyen Long
Prosecutors in HCMC have pressed charges against the directors of a shipyard company and a boat service supplier for a deadly accident off the city coast in 2013 that left nine people dead.
Vu Van Dao, 47, director of Viet Czech Technology Joint-Stock Company until his dismissal after the accident, and Dinh Van Quyet, 35, dismissed director of Vung Tau Marina Joint-Stock Company, have been charged with “putting into use unsafe means of sea transport,” Lao Dong (labor) newspaper quoted the city of prosecutor’s office as saying Wednesday.
They are expected to stand trial next month and face jail terms of up to 15 years if convicted.
In August 2013 Quyet had hired three high-speed boats from Dao and sent them to the Mekong Delta Province of Tien Giang to bring 66 employees of PetroVietnam Steel Pipe Joint Stock Company (PV PIPE) to the southern beach town of Vung Tau.
When the vessels were 10 kilometres off HCMC's Can Gio District, one of them capsized.
Transport inspectors later concluded that the accident happened, because the boat was carrying 30 people, although its designed capacity was 12.
Its pilot, who was among the victims, did not have a license.
Prosecutors said the boat was one of two that Quyet and Dao bought from the coast guard in Vung Tau.
It was not licensed to transport passengers, let alone carry people 60 kilometres over rough seas, and was designed to patrol short stretches of enclosed bays and rivers, the inspectors said.