Divers recover two bodies of dredger JBB DE RONG 19's missing crew

Frederick Owens
September 13, 2017

A total of 12 crew ─ 11 Chinese nationals and one Malaysian ─ were onboard the dredger at the time of incident.

The casualties are from the Dominican-registered dredger JBB De Rong 19, managed by Malaysian company LK Global Shipping.

Product tanker KARTIKA SEGARA, IMO 9156345, dwt 30747, built 1998, flag Indonesia, manager PELAYARAN UNITED MARITIME JAYA. Seven of its crew members were rescued by the police coast guard and the search continued for the three missing.

Representatives from the Embassy of China in Singapore were at the Singapore General Hospital to visit the survivors.

MPA said the dredger was transiting the westbound lane while the tanker was departing Singapore to join the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme in the Singapore Strait when the incident occurred.

The MPA said it had notified the Indonesian Rescue Coordination Centre about the incident and they have deployed five vessels to assist with SAR in Indonesian territorial waters.

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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). Two MPA tug boats have moved the partially submerged dredger safely to an area near Pulau Senang for follow up underwater search operations.

"We will continue with our search and rescue efforts to find the remaining three missing crew members", said its chief executive, Andrew Tan, in an updated statement here today.

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.

Patrol boats and a helicopter have also been deployed. 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.

The accident comes less than a month after a U.S. destroyer and an oil tanker collided near Singapore, leaving 10 USA crewmen dead.

It noted that there was no disruption to shipping traffic in the Singapore Strait.

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