Published: Thu, September 14, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

In the waters of Singapore has faced ships: 5 sailors missing

In the waters of Singapore has faced ships: 5 sailors missing

Five crew members of a Dominican-registered dredger were missing after a collision with an Indonesian-registered tanker in Singapore's territorial waters on Wednesday, Singapore's Marine Port Authority (MPA) said.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Djunaidi said, Basarnas Tanjungpinang, the search-and-rescue mission coordinator, continued to carry out operations to find the three other sailors who remained missing. Seven were rescued by the Singapore Police Coast Guard and taken to Singapore General Hospital for treatment.

Hopper dredger JBB DE RONG 19, IMO 9828649, GT 4965, built 2017, flag Dominican Republic, manager LK GLOBAL SHIPPING M SDN BHD, Malaysia.

Five crew were unaccounted for, it said. The dredger JBB De Rong 19 was close behind off the Bina's port quarter; the tanker did not appear to alter her course or speed, and she struck the dredger on the starboard side at 0038. A hospital spokesperson said that five of the seven men have been discharged from the hospital.

MPA is leading the Search and rescue (SAR) operations and relevant Singapore agencies are rendering all assistance.

Two MPA tug boats have moved the partially submerged dredger to an area near Pulau Senang for follow up underwater search operations. A Super Puma helicopter from the Singapore Air Force was also mobilized as from 7 a.m. local time (2300 GMT on Tuesday).

Meanwhile, Ng Eng Hen, Defence Minister of Singapore has expressed concern on the collision.

The incident occurred when the dredger was passing the westbound lane and the tanker was departing Singapore to join the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme in the Singapore Strait.

Wednesday morning's collision follows the one on August 21, when the United States warship USS John S. McCain collided with a merchant vessel in Singapore territorial waters near Pedra Branca.

On August 21, the destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with a tanker near the Singapore Strait, tearing a gaping hole in the ship's hull, and flooding it with water.

The agency is now investigating the cause of the incident.

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