Vietnamese boat maker held responsible for deadly shipwreck

By Dam Huy, Thanh Nien News

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A coast guard boat that capsizes off the coast of Ho Chi Minh City in early August, 2013. Photo credit: Vietnam News Agency A coast guard boat that capsizes off the coast of Ho Chi Minh City in early August, 2013. Photo credit: Vietnam News Agency

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Ho Chi Minh City asked prosecutors Wednesday to charge the directors of a boat building and a transport company for an accident that killed nine people last year.
The investigators suggested that Dinh Van Quyet, director of Vung Tau Marina Joint-Stock Company in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, and Vu Van Dao, 46, director of Viet Czech Technology Joint-Stock Company be charged with criminal negligence.
One of the boats they provided to a PetroVietnam firm to carry staff from the Mekong Delta’s Tien Giang Province to Vung Tau for a wedding party and company celebration capsized on the evening of August 2 off the coast of HCMC’s Can Gio District,
Nine people drowned.
The boat was one of two vessels the duo bought back from a coast guard station at Vung Tau Port. The other was a newly built.
Investigators said the boat had been loaded with 30 people--far beyond its intended capacity of 12.
The boats were built with Polypropylene Copolymer, a material the Vietnamese government has not approved for the construction of boat hulls.
In the designs, Dao described the material to be used fiberglass reinforced with plastic--a material that complies with Vietnamese regulations.
Investigators from the Transport Ministry earlier said the boat wasn't licensed to transport passengers, let alone cover 60-kilometers of rough seas.
The boat was designed to patrol short stretches of enclosed bays and rivers, they said.

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