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Barge sinks after collision with Vasi boxship in Thailand waterways

Vasi Star, a 1,728 TEU feeder container ship owned by Singaporean operator Vasi Shipping, collided with a barge on the morning of 11 October.

Vasi Star, which was deployed to a Thailand-Malaysia-Bangladesh-India service, was on its way to Bangkok port from Kattupalli, India, when it collided with a tug and barges along the Chao Phraya River, at around 7.10 am local time.

The tug, Wimonwan 8, was towing four barges loaded with steel cargoes from Kohsichang to Bangkok. One of the barges, Maha Nakhon 2, sank, but no one was hurt. Thai media reported that visibility in the area was limited at the time of the accident.

Vasi Star continued navigating and arrived at Bangkok's Sahathai Terminal at 10.30 am the same day.

Vasi was established in 2012 and its container shipping services focus in the area between Thailand and Bangladesh, using Vasi Star, its sole owned ship, and two chartered vessels.

Container News requested Vasi for comment but there was no reply.

However, vessel-tracking data shows that Vasi Star's status has been updated to "In Casualty or Repairing" as of 11 October.

Martina Li
Asia Correspondent

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