A Japanese freighter with a cargo of motor-cycles was hit by communist gunfire on Thursday (April 29th) while travelling up the Mekong River to the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh.
Self-explanatory shots of freighters heeled over at Phnom Penh waterfront. The first shot starts on the Japanese-built bridge over the Tonle Sap River at Phnom Penh, then comes around onto freighter. Cambodian fire-fighters at work on stricken vessel - damage can be seen various self-explanatory shots.
Goods in crates on board vessel - they are clearly marked "Phnom Penh". and "Made in Japan". Then closer of "Honda" sign. The crates contain Honda motor Cycles. Other explanatory shots. Shots from Japanese-built bridge- soldier in foreground, vessel at docks in background. Closer of vessel. Tonle Sap River, ships etc. Travelling shots in Phnom Penh show many cycles, some motor-cycles.
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Background: A Japanese freighter with a cargo of motor-cycles was hit by communist gunfire on Thursday (April 29th) while travelling up the Mekong River to the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh. The ship limped into the city about 12 hours after the attack.
As soon as it berthed, Cambodian fire-fighters went on board to tackle a fire burning inside the freighter. The ship was reported to be at the Neak Luong ferry crossing, about 20 kms south of Phnom Penh, at the time of the attack.
Among the cargo were many crates of Japanese motor-cycles (Hondas) destined for the ever-growing population of Phnom Penh. Since March last year, the city's population has increased from 700,000 to about 1,400,000. Previously, most people travelled on foot or in "push-cycles" but now there's a heavy demand for motor-cycle transport.
Phnom Penh is repeating the situation in Saigon a few years ago when half-a-million Japanese motor-cycles were imported to ease the South Vietnamese capital's transport problem.
The stricken Japanese freighter lay almost in the shadow of what's known locally as the "Japanese bridge" spanning the Tonle Sap River in Phnom Penh. The bridge was built by Japanese engineers.