Malaysian among dredger crew missing following collision off Singapore

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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 total of 12 crew ─ 11 Chinese nationals and one Malaysian ─ were onboard the dredger at the time of incident.

Search and rescue operations underway to locate the missing crew from dredger which collided with a tanker in Singapore waters.

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has said five crew members of Dominican dredger were missing after colliding with Indonesian flagged tanker in Singapore territorial waters, Wednesday (9/13/2017).

It said assets from the Singapore agencies deployed included two Super Puma, two Chinook and one Fokker 50 from the Republic of Singapore Air Force, 15 vessels from MPA, Republic of Singapore Navy, Singapore Police Coast Guard and Singapore Civil Defence Force, and seven vessels from PSA Marine Pte Ltd and POSH Semco Pte Ltd.

The dredger capsized after the collision and remains partially submerged.

MPA further noted that shipping traffic in the Singapore Strait is flowing as usual following the incident.

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A major rescue effort was launched involving nearly 30 boats from Singapore and neighbouring Indonesia, and five Singapore Air Force aircraft.

The accident between Indonesian-registered tanker Kartika Segara and Dominican-registered dredger JBB De Rong 19 took place at 12.40am yesterday about 1.7 nautical miles south-west of Sisters' Island, in the westbound lane in the Singapore Strait.

An investigation is ongoing.

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

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

The commander of the Japan-based US 7th Fleet was replaced and a ship-by-ship review was ordered in the Navy following the collision.

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