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Wood boat operations halted after fire in Halong Bay
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Quang Ninh provincial authorities have halted the overnight service of all wooden tour boats in Halong Bay following a boat fire on February 13.

A Bhaya Group boat was anchored near Cua Van fishing village while five Americans and two Vietnamese tourists were kayaking in the bay. Crew discovered the fire at 3pm and removed the passenger luggage. The three-cabin boat was built in 2003 and converted into a tour boat in 2012.

This is the second boat fire this year. On January 10, a fire also broke out on a boat of Anh Duong Company with 14 tourists and six crew members who successfully escaped the boat. This is another wooden boat built in 2005 and converted into a tour boat in 2011.

There are about converted 80 wooden tour boats in Halong Bay.


A boat fire in Halong Bay

Quang Ninh party secretary Nguyen Van Doc ordered Bhaya Group to halt the service of wooden boats for inspection. He also asked the Department of Transport to halt the service all converted wooden boats that don't meet safety standards.

The provincial authorities will hold a meeting to discuss the implementation and review each case.

"Those boats pose a huge risk of fire. It's more dangerous when storm season is coming. We'll implement this plan carefully to ensure the safety of tourists," said Quang Ninh People's Committee chief of office Vu Van Hop.

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