Tanker, dredger collide in Singapore waters, five crew missing

Singapore Strait

Singapore Strait

The five men are part of a 12-man crew - comprising 11 Chinese nationals and one Malaysian - on a Dominican-registered dredger, JBB De Rong.

Product tanker KARTIKA SEGARA, IMO 9156345, dwt 30747, built 1998, flag Indonesia, manager PELAYARAN UNITED MARITIME JAYA.

The Singapore Police Coast Guard has so far rescued seven of the Chinese crew members.

Representatives from the Embassy of China in Singapore were at the Singapore General Hospital to visit the survivors.

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Five aircraft and 22 vessels from Singapore were deployed to support the operations on the Dominican dredger JBB De Rong 19, which was moved to near Pulau Senang, a small island south of the main island of the Singapore city-state.

Shipping operations in the area were not affected by the incident.

The collision between the dredger and Indonesian oil tanker Kartika Segara occurred 1.7 nautical miles from Sisters' Island at around 12.40am local time.

The MPA is leading the search and rescue operations for the missing people.

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The bodies of two crew members have been recovered, after a collision between a tanker and a dredger took place past midnight on Wednesday (Sep 13), the Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) said in an update. It 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.

Search and rescue efforts, led by the MPA, for the remaining three crew members are ongoing. Ships have been told to be on the lookout for the missing crew members, and to navigate with caution near the accident site.

Prior to the collision, Singapore's Vessel Traffic Information System (VTIS) had provided timely navigational information and warnings to both vessels to take preventive actions to avoid a collision.

Wednesday morning's collision follows the one on August 21, when the USA warship USS John S. McCain collided with a merchant vessel in Singapore territorial waters near Pedra Branca. Ten US Navy servicemen were killed in the incident.

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