Large cargo ship rams into riverside homes

Large cargo ship rams into riverside homes

The bow of the grounded cargo ship Star 62 hangs over the roofs of damaged houses after running into the bank of the Chao Phraya River in Phra Pradaeng district, Samut Prakan, on Wednesday morning. (Photo by Sutthiwit Chayutworakan)

SAMUT PRAKAN – A Vietnamese cargo ship ploughed into riverside houses along the Chao Phraya River in Phra Pradaeng district on Wednesday morning, damaging three homes.

The Star 62 ran aground at Phra Pradaeng pier off Sri Nakhon Khuean Khan road in tambon Talad around 8.30am, police said.

Residents fled to the streets in panic as the cargo ship loomed over them. Three houses were damaged, one badly, but nobody was injured.

Ms Bussaba, owner of one of the damaged houses, told police she was resting inside her home and heard a loud noise coming from the middle of the river. She turned to look and was terrified to see a large cargo ship bearing down on her house.

She fled in fear and just seconds later the vessel’s bow rammed into her home. Neighbours also ran out into the street in panic.

Previously, a cargo ship had run into a pier opposite her house, she said. It was less dramatic and nobody was hurt then.

Samut Prakan marine and local officials were inspecting the ship and the damaged houses.

Investigators said the Star 62 was returning to Vietnam after unloading cargo. A failure in the steerage system caused it to veer into the riverbank.

The ship’s captain and crew members were taken to the Phra Pradaeng police station for questioning. Authorities were contacting the ship’s insurance firm to arrange an inspection and cover the cost of the damage caused to the houses.

The Star 62 is a general cargo ship registered in Vietnam, 72 metres long. Her gross tonnage is 1599 and deadweight is 3093.

The bow of the cargo ship Star 62 rests amid the wreckage of the damaged houses on the side of the Chao Phraya River at Phra Pradaeng on Wednesday morning. (Photo by Sutthiwit Chayutworakan)

Residents look at one of the damaged houses.

Photos by Sutthiwit Chayutworakan

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