Oil product tanker collides with dredger in Singapore; no traffic disruption, oil spill

Singapore (Platts)--13 Sep 2017 355 am EDT/755 GMT

Indonesia-registered Medium Range oil products tanker Kartika Segara collided with Dominica-registered dredger JBB De Rong 19 in Singapore waters early Wednesday, but there is no disruption to shipping traffic in the area nor an oil spill, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore said in a statement.

"There has been no oil spill during the accident," an MPA spokesperson said Wednesday.

The incident took place at about 12:40 am Singapore time Wednesday (1640 GMT Tuesday), MPA said.

The dredger was transiting the westbound lane while the tanker was departing Singapore joining the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme in the Singapore Strait when the incident occurred.

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The Singapore Vessel Traffic Information System had provided navigational information to both vessels prior the collision, MPA said.

The tanker reported damage to her starboard bow, but is stable and anchored at the Eastern Anchorage, MPA said, adding that its 26 crew have not sustained any injuries.

However, after the incident, the dredger capsized and is currently partially submerged, it added.

A total of 12 crew were on board the dredger, of which five still remain unaccounted for.

MPA is leading the search and rescue operations with relevant Singapore agencies, it said.

Less than a month ago, the US-guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain had collided with Liberia-flagged tanker Alnic MC, in Singapore waters, resulting in deaths of 10 US sailors while five were injured.

Singapore is located along one of the world's busiest waterways with close to 1,000 ships anchored there at any given time. A ship calls at the Singapore port every two or three minutes -- a total of around 130,000 ships a year -- making accident-free maritime passage critical.

In 2015, a large oil spill occurred in Singapore waters when Libya-registered Aframax oil tanker Alyarmouk collided with Supramax dry bulk carrier Sinar Kapuas, resulting in the spillage of almost 33,000 barrels from a cargo belonging to Hong Kong-listed Strong Petrochemical Group.

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