Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Tanker, dredger collide in Singapore waters, 5 crew missing

Tanker, dredger collide in Singapore waters, 5 crew missing

A search and rescue operation has been initiated for the missing sailors from the dredger.

The collision took place at around 12.40am local time (5.40pm BST previous day) while "the dredger was transiting the westbound lane while the tanker was departing Singapore joining the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the Singapore Strait", the statement read.

Due to the collision, the dredger capsized and is now partially submerged. Seven of the Chinese nationals have been rescued and taken to hospital. In a sea launched a search-and-rescue mission for help were sent to court and a helicopter.

Divers have recovered two bodies out of the five missing crew of Dominican-registered dredger JBB DE RONG 19 this afternoon following a collision with Indonesian-registered tanker Kartika Segara early today.

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It is noted that the oil spill at sea was avoided. The tanker's crew of 26 was unharmed.

The JBB De Rong, however, capsized at the location, and while seven of its twelve crew members have been rescued, the remaining five - all Chinese nationals - are missing.

However, it has yet to be confirmed whether one of the bodies found is the Malaysian crew. The Singapore Vessel Traffic Information System had provided navigational information to both vessels prior the collision.

The tanker only reported damage to the starboard bow, "but is stable and anchored at the Eastern Anchorage", the port authority said. Two MPA tug boats have moved the partially submerged dredger safely to an area near Pulau Senang for follow up underwater search operations. The MPA has told ships to look out for the missing crew and to navigate with caution near the collision site.

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The accident comes less than a month after a United States destroyer and an oil tanker collided near Singapore, leaving 10 United States crewmen dead.

"The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) expresses our deepest condolences to the families of the two deceased and wish those injured a speedy recovery".

The agency is now investigating the cause of the incident.

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