Collision off Singapore, 5 Missing

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A collision between a 30,747 dwt tanker and dredger off Singapore was reported on September 13 at 12:40am.

After the incident, 5 seafarers were reportedly missing. The tanker, Kartika Segara and Dominican-registered dredger, JBB De Rong 19 collided at 1.7 nautical miles south-west of  Sisters Island in Singapore territorial waters. The dredger was transiting the westbound lane and the tanker was departing Singapore and joining the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the Singapore Strait.

The crew on board the dredger consisted of 12 seafarers, 11 Chinese nationalities and 1 Malaysian. 7 Chinese Nationals were rescued by the Singapore Police Coast Guard (PCG) and subsequently transferred to Singapore General Hospital for medical treatment. The other 5 crew members are unaccounted for.

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore MPA stated that the dredger “is currently partially submerged.” The Indonesian-registered Kartika Segara reported damage to its starboard bow. The vessel is stable and anchored at the Eastern Anchorage, and the ship’s 26 Indonesian crew did not sustain any injuries.

The MPA has launched an investigation into the incident. 3 patrol craft were deployed to assist and the Republic of Singapore Navy, Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and PCG have also deployed a total of 7 vessels on scene to support the operation. 2 MPA tug boats moved the partially submerged dredger to an area near Pulau Senang for a follow up underwater search.