Panamanian ship spills oil in Vietnamese waters, tugged to shore

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Bright Royal, a Panamanian bulk carrier, developed a hole in the hull which caused nearly 400 tons of oil to leak off the Vietnamese coast

A Panamanian-flagged ship with a hole in its hull that caused nearly 400 tons of oil to leak into the sea off central Vietnam, was anchored off Khanh Hoa after drifting for several days.

Vietnam News Agency reported that as of Wednesday afternoon only 19 out of 387 tons of oil were left in the Bright Royal before it was tugged to Van Phong Bay. 

Col Ho Van Truyen, head of the Khanh Hoa Border Guard Headquarters, was quoted as saying that since the sea was rough they could not locate the hole.

Bright Royal, which was carrying more than 27 tons of clinker from the central province of Ha Tinh to Bangladesh, got stuck on a reef nine nautical miles off Ly Son Island, the central province of Quang Ngai, Friday afternoon.

It got out of the reef Saturday night thanks to high tides and big waves, Le Van Luong, deputy director of Quang Ngai Province's Maritime Administration, told Thanh Nien.

Its 24-strong crew was evacuated earlier that day.

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Vietnamese authorities are working with a representative of the company that owns Bright Royal to treat the oil spill.

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