Singapore Strait collision sinks bunker freighter

A twelve-crew member bunker freighter carrying 560 metric tonnes of bunker fuel sank within the Singapore Strait after colliding with a chemical tanker at 8:14 p.m. (7.14 a.m. ET) on Dec. 16.

There aren’t any studies of any oil spills from bunker freighter Thorco Cloud bearing the Antigua and Barbuda flag. The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has mentioned it is assisting Indonesian authorities to survey and mark the sunken ship to verify navigational safety.

The incident, which came about in Indonesian waters 6 nautical miles northwest of Batam, left the Cayman Islands-registered chemical tanker Stolt Dedication with minor harm and in stable condition, the MPA mentioned.

Six of the freighter’s crew members were rescued. Another six are still lacking.

Search and rescue efforts through the MPA are underway in cooperation with Singapore’s Police Coast Guard and the Singapore Civil Defence Force.

Indonesian authorities have additionally commenced search and rescue operations.

The Singapore Strait, one of the world’s busiest business shipping routes, is a 105-km long, Sixteen-km vast passage between the Strait of Malacca to the South China Sea.

(Reporting by using Roslan Khasawneh; Enhancing by way of Tom Hogue)

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