Singapore Strait collision sinks general cargo freighter

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

There aren’t any stories of any oil spills from the final cargo freighter Thorco Cloud bearing the Antigua and Barbuda flag. The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has said it’s helping Indonesian authorities to survey and mark the sunken ship to ensure navigational safety.

The incident, which came about in Indonesian waters 6 nautical miles northwest of Batam, left the Cayman Islands-registered chemical tanker Stolt Commitment with minor harm and in steady situation, the MPA said.

Six of the freighter’s crew participants have been rescued. Another six are still lacking.

Search and rescue efforts by means of the MPA are underway in cooperation with Singapore’s Police Coast Shield and the Singapore Civil Defence Pressure.

Indonesian authorities have also commenced search and rescue operations.

The Singapore Strait, probably the most world’s busiest industrial transport routes, is a 105-km lengthy, 16-km large passage between the Strait of Malacca to the South China Sea.

(This story was corrected to indicate the sunk ship used to be a cargo freighter, now not a bunker freighter)

(Reporting by using Roslan Khasawneh; Editing with the aid of Tom Hogue)

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