Five crew members are missing and seven more are being treated for injuries after a dredger collided with an oil tanker in Singapore waters on Wednesday morning.
The collision between the dredger and Indonesian oil tanker Kartika Segara occurred 1.7 nautical miles from Sisters’ Island at around 12.40am local time.
The capsized Dominican-registered dredger was left partially submerged and an underwater search and rescue operation was underway on the vessel, according to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). 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.
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Capsized: A view of the Dominican-registered dredger JBB De Rong 19 after it collided in Singapore territorial waters, some 1.7 nautical miles south-west of Sisters Island
Tug boats are moving the dredger to an area near Pulau Senang off Singapore, as a search operation for five missing crew members continues
Four tugboats, three patrol craft, seven other vessels and a Super Puma helicopter were deployed to support the operations on the dredger, which was moved to near Pulau Senang, a small island south of the main island of the Singapore city-state. The MPA has told ships to look out for the missing crew and to navigate with caution near the collision site.
Seven of the Chinese nationals have been rescued by the Singapore Police Coast Guard but five crew remain still remain unaccounted for
This incident has occurred just weeks after a similar deadly accident in the same area. In August, the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker collided off Singapore, killing 10 U.S. Navy sailors.
The commander of the Japan-based U.S. 7th Fleet was replaced and a ship-by-ship review was ordered in the Navy following the collision. The cause of that collision is still under investigation.
Indonesian-registered oil tanker Kartika Segara reported damage to her starboard bow but is stable and none of the crew members on board are injured
Shipping lanes around Singapore are among the worlds busiest and its navigational challenges often include a narrow strait. The dredger, JBB De Rong 19 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.
An investigation is ongoing.