Singapore Strait Collision: Overboard Containers Retrieved

Photo: Rob Perkins/Twitter
Photo: Rob Perkins/Twitter

Authorities in Singapore have cleaned up the Singapore Strait following a collision between an Iranian supertanker and a giant MSC containership last week, which resulted in major damage to both ships and a handful of containers lost overboard.

As gCaptain reported, the Very Large Crude Carrier Dream II and the 14,000 teu MSC Alexandra collided August 3rd about 1.8 miles southeast of Sebarok Island as both ships were underway in the busy Singapore Strait.

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The MSC Alexandra sustained major damage in the collision, with a large gash to its port quarter and the loss of 10 empty containers overboard. The Dream II was also damaged at its bow.

Damage to the MSC Alexandria. Photo Saumil Thanki/Twitter
Damage to the MSC Alexandria. Photo Saumil Thanki/Twitter

Of the 10 containers lost, five fell onto the deck of the VLCC while the remaining five fell into the water and sank. No other major pollution was reported as a result of the collision. Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority confirmed Monday that the four out five containers were recovered Saturday morning, while arrangements were being made to recover the fifth container.

As of Monday the MSC Alexandra was berthed at PSAC’s Pasir Panjang Terminal to discharge the remaining containers before proceeding to a shipyard to carry out repairs. Dream II is anchored in Singapore and is also making preparation for repairs.

The has been no disruption to shipping traffic or port operations as a result of the incident.