Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Ship crash: Ferry sinks after bridge collision

Ship crash: Ferry sinks after bridge collision

Ship crash: Ferry sinks after bridge collision

Ship crash
A ferry transporting about 600 tonnes of cement from Thailand sank on Sunday night after crashing into part of the Koh Kong bridge, officials said yesterday.

Sous Rasak, a traffic police official stationed on the bridge, said the accident had occurred  about 11pm when the rope connecting the ferry to its tugboat snapped, leaving the ferry to careen into two of the trusses under the bridge, causing it to capsize.

“When it happened, the water was flowing strongly, so when the rope cut off, the ferry crashed into the bridge,” he said, adding that nobody was injured in the crash.

Sous Rasak said that he did not know the name of the firm importing the cement, but estimated the cost of cement at US$70 a tonne. He said the company would also be responsible for damage caused to the bridge.

Provincial governor Bun Loert said he had not yet received official information about the accident, as he had just returned from the capital.

Lou Kim Chhun, director-general of the Sihanoukville Autonomous Port, said he had no information about the crash and did not know if the ferry had been bound for his port.

MOST VIEWED

  • Proof giants walked among us humans?

    For years a debate has waged about whether certain bas relief carvings at the 12th-century To Prohm Temple, one of the most popular attractions at the Angkor Wat Temple Complex in Siem Reap province, depicted dinosaurs or some rather less exotic and more contemporary animal,

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty

  • Long way to go before Cambodia gets a ‘smart city’

    Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang will struggle to attain smart city status without adopting far reaching master plans, according to officials tasked with implementing the program. The brainchild of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the smart city program seeks to link up

  • Japan bank buys major stake in ANZ Royal Bank

    Japan's largest bank acquired more than half of ANZ’s shares in Cambodia on Thursday, according to a statement from Kith Meng’s Royal Group. Japan's JTrust Bank, announced that they had acquired a 55% of stake in ANZ Royal Bank. According to a Royal Group