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Supply vessel sinks in Singapore waters, crew rescued

Staff Writer |
A Dominica-flagged supply vessel has capsized and sunk in Singapore territorial waters near Pedra Branca, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said in a press release on Thursday.

The authority received a report at about 7.15am on Thursday that the vessel, Ocean Cooper 2, capsized and sank in the westbound lane of the traffic separation scheme about 3 nautical miles from Pedra Branca.

A traffic separation scheme is a ship routing system aimed at separating opposing streams of traffic into different lanes.

The incident happened within Singapore territorial waters in the Singapore Strait.

The vessel's three Indonesian crew members were rescued by a nearby accompanying supply vessel, Jolly Rachel, and are all safe, said MPA.

No injuries or oil pollution were reported, added the authority.

"MPA has issued navigational broadcasts asking ships to navigate with caution in the vicinity of the incident," it said.

The authority added it had deployed a craft to conduct a hydrographic survey of the wreck.

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