Five missing after Indonesian tanker collides with dredger in Singapore Strait

An Indonesian-registered tanker and a Dominican-registered dredger collided in Singapore territorial waters on Sept 13

There is an operation to find the missing sailors. 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.

According to the MPA, the dredger capsized as a result of the accident and is now partially submerged.

Of the seven crew rescued from the dredger and taken to hospital, five have since been discharged. In a sea launched a search-and-rescue mission for help were sent to court and a helicopter.

Five crew members of a Dominican dredger are reported missing after the vessel collided with an Indonesian tanker in Singapore waters in the early hours of Wednesday (13 September).

The tanker reported that Its 26 Indonesian crew did not sustain any injuries.

The dredger capsized and partially sank, the tanker suffered damage to the starboard bow, but remained seaworthy and was moored at the Eastern Anchorage off Singapore. Consul-General Wang Jiarong expressed his concern for the missing crew members and hoped that the authorities would do their best in the search and rescue operations.

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However, it has yet to be confirmed whether one of the bodies found is the Malaysian crew.

Five aircraft and 22 vessels from Singapore were deployed to support the operations on the Dominican dredger JBB De Rong 19, which was moved to near Pulau Senang, a small island south of the main island of the Singapore city-state.

The MPA also said that vessel traffic control had given warnings to both vessels prior to the collision. The MPA has issued a navigational broadcast for ships to look out for the missing crew and to navigate with caution when in the vicinity of the incident site.

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.

MPA further noted that shipping traffic in the Singapore Strait is flowing as usual following the incident. The cause of that collision is still under investigation.

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