Four Chinese nationals and a Malaysian went missing after a Dominican-registered sand dredger collided with an Indonesian-registered tanker in Singaporean waters early Wednesday morning.
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 dredger capsized and was partially submerged, while the tanker was damaged on one side, the Singapore Maritime Port Authority said in a statement.
None of the crew members of the Indonesian tanker sustained any injuries in the collision. Seven of the Chinese nationals have been rescued and are undergoing treatment at a hospital.
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One crew member was admitted and is in stable condition, while the other is now under observation. The tanker is now anchored at the Eastern Anchorage.
Singapore authorities are conducting search and rescue operations and the Singapore Navy has deployed three patrol craft.
This photo provided by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, four tug boats moving the partially submerged dredger safely to an area near Pulau Senang, Singapore, for follow up underwater search operations, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017.
It said assets from the Singapore agencies deployed included two Super Puma, two Chinook and one Fokker 50 from the Republic of Singapore Air Force, 15 vessels from MPA, Republic of Singapore Navy, Singapore Police Coast Guard and Singapore Civil Defence Force, and seven vessels from PSA Marine Pte Ltd and POSH Semco Pte Ltd.
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It said the Singapore Vessel Traffic Information System had provided navigational information to both vessels prior to the collision. The tanker was reportedly damaged on her starboard bow, but was stable and is now anchored at the Eastern Anchorage.
This collision was not the only incident that occurred in recent times.
The accident around the busy Singapore Strait occurred just weeks after a deadly collision involving a U.S. warship in the same area.
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