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Oil product tanker collides with dredger in Singapore

Staff Writer |
Indonesia-registered Medium Range oil products tanker Kartika Segara collided with Dominica-registered dredger JBB De Rong 19 in Singapore waters early Wednesday.

There is no disruption to shipping traffic in the area nor an oil spill, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore said in a statement.

"There has been no oil spill during the accident," an MPA spokesperson said Wednesday.

The incident took place at about 12:40 am Singapore time Wednesday (1640 GMT Tuesday), MPA said.

The dredger was transiting the westbound lane while the tanker was departing Singapore joining the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme in the Singapore Strait when the incident occurred.

The Singapore Vessel Traffic Information System had provided navigational information to both vessels prior the collision, MPA said.

The tanker reported damage to her starboard bow, but is stable and anchored at the Eastern Anchorage, MPA said, adding that its 26 crew have not sustained any injuries.

However, after the incident, the dredger capsized and is currently partially submerged, it added.

A total of 12 crew were on board the dredger, of which five still remain unaccounted for.

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