Five missing after hopper dredger sank in collision with product tanker Kartika Segara in Singapore Straits
Hopper dredger JBB de Rong 19 sank after collision with product tanker Kartika Segara in Singapore Straits. The accident occurred on 1.7 nautical miles southwest of Sister Islands, Singapore. The both ships were running in opposite directions on crossing routes, but after violation of ColReg rules and neglecting the situation, collided. Following the accident, the hopper dredger JBB de Rong 19 capsized and partially sank, throwing all the crew into the water. The nearby fishermen and rescuers succeeded to rescue seven of the crew members, but another five are still missing.
Large scale SAR was organized by local authorities for searching of the missing seamen.
The tanker suffered starboard bow damages, but without water ingress. The vessel remained afloat without danger from sinking. The crew was safe and anchored near the collision site.
The local authorities initiated investigation for the root cause of the accident. Traffic in the area is slightly hampered by the SAR.
Hopper dredger JBB de Rong 19 (IMO: 9828649) has overall length of 108.00 m, moulded beam of 18.00 m and maximum draft of 4.50 m. During the accident, the vessel was transiting westbound.
The product tanker Kartika Segara (IMO: 9156345) has overall length of 179.00 m, moulded beam of 30.00 m and maximum draft of 7.00 m. The deadweight of the ship is 30,747 DWT and the gross tonnage is 22,809 GRT. The tanker was built in 1998 by Jurong Shipyard in Singapore. During the accident, the vessel was en route from Singapore to Bau Bau.
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