Ship collision: Two dead, three still missing

Elias Hubbard
September 13, 2017

The Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said that divers had recovered two bodies from the five seafarers missing from the dredger JBB De Rong 19 which capsized in the collision. Of the 12 crew members on board, the seven injured were rescued by the police coast guard and taken to Singapore General Hospital at 2.45am.

The accident, involving a Dominican-registered dredger and Indonesian-registered tanker, happened in the early hours of Wednesday (Sept 13), about 1.7 nautical miles southwest of Sisters' Island. "We will continue with our search and rescue efforts to find the remaining three missing crew members", said its chief executive, Andrew Tan in an updated statement, here.

Five crew were unaccounted for, it said.

Out of the seven admitted in the hospital, five have since been discharged, a hospital spokesperson confirmed, adding that one remained admitted while the other was under observation.

The tanker suffered has damage as a result of the incident, but all 26 Indonesian staff were reportedly unharmed during the collision.

About 200 personnel are involved in the SAR operations.

Four tug boats moving the partially submerged dredger safely to an area near Pulau Senang for follow up underwater search operation.

A Super Puma helicopter from the Republic of Singapore Air Force commenced an aerial search at 7 am. Writing a Facebook post, he reiterated that MPA was leading the search-and-rescue operations for the five crew members. The cause of that collision is still under investigation.

The latest incident comes just after a United States warship, the USS John S. McCain, collided with an oil tanker, Alnic MC on Aug 21.

The MPA said both vessels had acknowledged "timely navigational information and warnings" provided by Singapore's Vessel Traffic Information System, but did not avoid a collision. The dredger was transiting in a westbound shipping lane as it was entering Singapore, while the tanker was joining an eastbound lane to depart when they collided at 12.40am local time, the authority said.

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