Posted on June 25, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Vietnamese fishing vessel, CM 99596-TS sank in the afternoon of June the 22nd while transiting through the Gulf of Siam after an alleged hit and run with an Aframax-class vessel.
The incident occurred at approximately 16:00 LT, while the vessel was transiting through the Easter Gulf of Siam, some 70 miles Southwest of the Hon Khoai Island.
Following the collision, the fishing vessel proceeded to rapidly sink. Thankfully, the seven crew members aboard the ship were rescued by a nearby fishing vessel that had been operating in the region.
The ship that was involved in the collision proceeded to move away from the scene.
Whether that was intentional or not, it’s hard to discern at this point, but considering that the incident occurred in broad daylight under good lighting conditions, it certainly raises suspicions.
Allegedly, according to the crew of the fishing vessel, the vessel that collided with them was the Singapore-flagged Crude Oil Tanker, OCEAN UNICORN. The fishermen claim to have been able to spot the name of the vessel as it fled the scene.
The tanker proceeded to berth at Thailand’s Map Ta Put port in the evening of June the 23rd before continuing its journey to Singapore.
Image Courtesy of Marine Traffic