2 useless, three lacking after dredger collides with tanker in S’pore waters

SINGAPORE — Two males are useless and three are nonetheless lacking, after their dredger capsized following an early Wednesday (Sept 13) morning collision with a tanker. That is the second such maritime accident in Singapore’s waters inside a month.

The accident occurred at 12.40am, about three.15km south-west of Sisters’ Islands within the Singapore Strait, and 5 crew members of 12 on the vessel went lacking. By 4pm on Wednesday, divers had recovered two our bodies, mentioned the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).

There have been 11 Chinese language nationals and one Malaysian on JBB De Rong 19, a Dominican-registered dredger. 

Seven crew members had been rescued by the Singapore Police Coast Guard and brought to the Singapore Common Hospital after the collision. 

5 of them have since been discharged. One crew member was admitted and is in steady situation, whereas the opposite is underneath remark.

Search-and-rescue efforts for the three remaining crew members are ongoing, mentioned the authority.

Mr Andrew Tan, chief government of MPA, mentioned: “(We specific) our deepest condolences to the households of the 2 deceased and need these injured a speedy restoration. We’ll proceed with our search-and-rescue efforts to seek out the remaining three lacking crew members.”

JBB De Rong 19 was transiting the westbound lane within the waters, whereas an Indonesian tanker, Kartika Segara, was leaving Singapore and becoming a member of the eastbound lane when the accident occurred.

The dredger capsized after the crash and was partially submerged till two tug boats moved it to an space close to Pulau Senang for follow-up underwater search operations.

The MPA mentioned the Singapore Vessel Visitors Info System had supplied navigational data and warnings to each vessels to take preventive actions to keep away from a collision. The vessels acknowledged the data supplied however the collision “couldn’t be averted”, it added.

The Indonesian tanker sustained injury to its starboard bow, however its 26 crew members had been unhurt. 

Inter-agency groups had been activated for the search-and-rescue operation, with about 200 personnel concerned. 

A Tremendous Puma helicopter from the Republic of Singapore Air Drive started an aerial search at 7am, and two Chinooks, amongst others, had been additionally deployed. 


(Click on to enlarge) A map exhibiting the realm the place the collision occured between the tanker and dredger. Supply: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

Greater than 20 vessels had been mobilised — 15 from the MPA, Republic of Singapore Navy, Singapore Police Coast Guard and Singapore Civil Defence Drive; and 7 from marine companies suppliers PSA Marine and Posh Semco.

The MPA mentioned that it had notified the Indonesian Rescue Coordination Centre concerning the incident, and the centre despatched 5 vessels to assist with the operation in Indonesian territorial waters. It had additionally issued navigational broadcasts for ships to look out for the lacking crew and to navigate with warning when within the neighborhood of the collision space. 

There have been no experiences of an oil spill or disruption to transport site visitors within the Singapore Strait, added the MPA, and investigations are ongoing. 

The most recent collision comes after one on Aug 21, when United States warship USS John S McCain collided with a service provider vessel in Singapore territorial waters close to Pedra Branca, killing 10 US Navy servicemen.

The warship was on its solution to Singapore for a routine go to when it collided with the Alnic MC, a chemical and oil tanker about thrice the scale of the guided-missile destroyer.

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