Relevant agencies are seeking ways to salvage the Panamanian ship Bright Royal and deal with its oil slick. The vessel is drifting south after being stranded in the waters of Ly Son island, the central province of Quang Ngai.

The Quang Ngai Port Authority reported that the ship, swept out to sea by tidal surges and big waves, was adrift 35 nautical miles from Quy Nhon port of central Binh Dinh province as of noon on October 7.

The Quang Ngai Border Guard High Command has sent two boats to coordinate with Bright Royal’s crew to anchor the ship. It has also asked the Coastal Information Station of central Da Nang city to warn operating ships of the drifting vessel so as to avoid any accidents.

Late on the day, the Binh Dinh People’s Committee instructed relevant departments to work with the ship’s owner to prepare measures for the ship sinking when it still has around 400 tonnes of oil aboard.

Bright Royal got into difficulty on October 4 while transporting 27,250 tonnes of clinker from central Ha Tinh province’s Vung Ang port to Bangladesh. All 24 crew members were rescued.-VNA