Ships Crash Despite Singapore Port Warning
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) is investigating a deadly collision between a tanker and a dredger.
Divers have recovered two bodies out of the five missing crew of Dominican-registered dredger JBB De Rong 19.
Search and rescue (SAR) efforts for the three remaining crew members are ongoing.
JBB De Rong had collided with Indonesian-registered tanker Kartika Segara in Singapore’s territorial waters at about 12:40 am Singapore time on September 13, 2017 (video below).
At the point of collision, 12 crew members were onboard the dredger, seven of whom were sent to the Singapore General Hospital.
Five crew members of the dredger have since been discharged.
The incident took place in the westbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the Singapore Strait.
Singapore Strait traffic has seen no oil spill or disruption to shipping traffic, the port authority confirmed.
Prior to the collision, Singapore’s Vessel Traffic Information System (VTIS) had provided navigational information and warnings to both vessels to take preventive actions to avoid a collision, said the MPA.
While the vessels acknowledged the information provided by the Singapore VTIS, the collision was not averted.
About 200 personnel and heilicopters from MPA, Singapore government agencies and the Indonesian Rescue Coordination Centre are now searching for the three missing crew.
Assets involved in the search include two Super Puma, two Chinook and one Fokker 50 from Republic of Singapore Air Force, 15 vessels from MPA, the Republic of Singapore Navy, Singapore Police Coast Guard and Singapore Civil Defence Force; and seven vessels from PSA Marine and POSH SEMCO.
Andrew Tan, Chief Executive of MPA said, “MPA expresses our deepest condolences to the families of the two deceased and wish those injured a speedy recovery. We will continue with our search and rescue efforts to find the remaining three missing crew members.”
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