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ONE container ship collides with bulk carrier in Strait of Malacca

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A container ship has collided with a bulk carrier in the Strait of Malacca, spilling oil into the ocean.

At 12.03am local time on 11 July, the container ship MV Zephyr Lumos collided with bulker MT Galapagos 14.1 nautical miles southwest of Kuala Sungai Muar.

The 15,000 TEU Zephyr Lumos was operated by Ocean Network Express (ONE) and en route from Singapore to the Suez Canal.

The Zephyr Lumos is understood to have sustained damage to its starboard side.

The Galapagos, registered in Malta, was sailing from Australia to India. The crews of both ships suffered no injuries.

In a tweet, the Malaysia Coast Guard said a failure of the Galapagos’ rudder system is suspected to be the cause of the collision between the two ships.

“The MT Galapagos from Malta reportedly experienced a steering system failure and then moved to the right and blocked the route of the MV Zephyr Lumos from Great Britain,” the tweet wrote.

Both vessels have been detained.

The case is being investigated by the Malaysian Marine Department and the Department of Environment.

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