Stranded Vietnamese ship towed to Indian coast

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A Vietnamese cargo vessel was towed to an Indian port on Thursday after being stranded off the country's coast for more than two weeks, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

Ong The Anh, owner of the troubled ship, which lost its steering wheel on June 26, was quoted as saying all 15 members of the ship's crew were healthy and uninjured.

He said his company, the Anh Son Commercial Transport Company in the northern city of Hai Phong, planned to spend four days unloading the goods from the ship at the Kolkata Port in West Bengal, after it was towed there by Indian agencies with the assistance of the Vietnamese embassy.

The An Son ship had the accident when it was transporting over 4,300 tons of wood from Vietnam to India.

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However, the ship will not be able to be repaired in Kolkata due to the lack of qualified technicians, the news agency reported, adding that its owner will continue cooperating with Indian agencies to find another port for the repairs.

In the meantime, the Vietnamese company has provided the ship's crew with enough food and drink to last two months.

It was estimated that the towing fees as well as supplying the crew with food have cost the company some US$150,000.

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