The Ministry of Transport said on August 8 that its minister has decided to establish a steering board to investigate reasons of a recent boat accident in Ho Chi Minh City and define the responsibility of individuals and organisations involved.

Under the decision, the board, headed by Transport Deputy Minister Nguyen Van Cong, will also work with provincial and municipal authorities and relevant agencies to give out measures to improve State management on ensuring maritime transport safety.

The motorboat, owned by the Ba Ria-Vung Tau Coast Guard with registration number H29-BP, capsized on August 2 evening amid strong winds and high waves near Can Gio district, claiming nine lives.

The boat, which had a maximum capacity of 18, was reported to be carrying 30 people at the time of the incident. All passengers were workers of the Oil Pipeline JSC.

On July 9, it was brought to the Vietnam-Czech Technology Joint Stock Company for routine maintenance.

Transport Minister Dinh La Thang has asked relevant agencies to promptly investigate the reasons as well as draw experience to prevent similar accidents in the future.-VNA