Authorities in the central city of Da Nang and the Bac My An shipbuilding co-operative have completed detailed plans to salvage the fishing boat DNa 90152 which was rammed and sunk by a Chinese ship while undertaking its regular operations in its traditional Hoang Sa fishing grounds.

The boat DNa 90152 was towed by the Vietnam Fisheries Surveillance Force ship into Da Nang port, about 2 nautical miles from the mainland.

Under the plan, a crane barge will be used to lift the ship out of the water, said Nguyen Van Si, head of the co-operative. Authorities will verify all losses from the ship once it is safely retrieved.

On May 26, the Chinese ship 11209 rammed the DNa 90152, from Da Nang city, near a Chinese oil rig illegally standing in Vietnam’s waters. The Vietnamese trawler had been on a regular fishing voyage when it was deliberately encircled by Chinese fishing vessels of China and attacked by China’s ship 11209.

All the 10 fishermen on board were rescued by other Vietnamese trawlers.

The incident occurred at 4pm at a site 17 nautical miles from where China’s Haiyang Shiyou-981 oil rig was illegally standing. The location is the traditional fishing grounds of Vietnamese fishermen in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf.

In early May, China illegally dispatched the rig, as well as a large fleet of armed vessels, military ships and aircraft, to Vietnam’s waters and positioned it at 15 degrees 29 minutes 58 seconds north latitude and 111 degrees 12 minutes 6 seconds east longitude. The location is 80 miles deep inside Vietnam’s continental shelf and exclusive economic zone.

On May 27, China moved the rig to 15 degrees 33 minutes 22 seconds north latitude and 111 degrees 34 minutes 36 seconds east longitude. The new location is 25 nautical miles from Tri Ton Island in Vietnam’s Hoang Sa archipelago and 23 nautical miles east-northeast from the old location, still completely within Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf.

China’s armed vessels have aggressively fired high-power water cannons at and intentionally rammed against Vietnamese law enforcement and civil ships, causing damage to many boats and injuring many people on board.-VNA