Containership clashes with tanker in Malaysia

Containership clashes with tanker in Malaysia

Two merchant ships have sustained serious damage after a collision off Johor coast, Malaysia.

The incident occurred in the early hours of 27 September.

Aframax tanker Zephyr I reportedly lost control and crashed into the side of the 7,455 TEU containership GLS Grania, 11.7 nautical miles southwest of Tanjung Laboh on the Malacca Strait.

According to Maritime Commander Mohd Haniff Mohd Yunus, from the Batu Pahat Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), the collision resulted in damage to the right side of the containership.

“Checks showed that collision involved the MV GSL Grania from Liberia and the MV Zephyr I from Panama,” he said.

“Following that, the Batu Pahat maritime zone operations centre dispatched the Benteng 05 boat to the location to carry out a monitoring and assistance mission.”

Inspections found no injuries among the 45 seafarers on either vessel nor any sign of spillage.

The GSL Grania was carrying containers on its way to the Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP), while Zephyr I was carrying mixed bitumen on its way to China, confirmed Yunus.

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