The bodies of two crew members who allegedly died from asphyxiation while trapped in a traveling ship's cargo hold were sent back to the northern city of Hai Phong Friday.
According to the city's port authorities, Nguyen Van Son, head of the crew, and deck hand Dao Dinh Quynh, were found dead in the goods vault of the Nasico Navigator Thursday.
The ship is managed by the Nam Trieu Shipbuilding Industry Corporation.
Investigators said that Son, 38, and Quynh, 31, suffered asphyxiation while they were checking goods in the vault.
The ship was on its way from Ho Chi Minh City to Hai Phong.
The Nasico Navigator was previously named My Dinh. The My Dinh sunk when it crashed into rocks off the northern province of Quang Ninh in late 2004. It was then carrying 37 containers to the province.
After the accident, the ship was repaired and licensed by Vietnam Register. Nam Trieu, a member company of the state-owned Vietnam Shipbuilding Industry Group (Vinashin), put it back into operation in May, 2008.
Investigations into the case are now underway.