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Six missing after vessels collided in Singapore Strait

Six crew members are missing after a general cargo vessel sank in the Singapore Strait following a collision with a product tanker on Dec 16.

The 10,385 dwt general cargo vessel Thorco Cloud, operated by Danish shipper Thorco Shipping and registered in Antigua and Barbuda, had a crew of 12.

Singapore's Police Coast Guard, supported by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), rescued five of the crew members, while the tanker picked up a sixth, the MPA said. Search and rescue operations continued for the six missing crew members, said an MPA spokesman.

Vessels collided while proceeding on intersection courses, STOLT COMMITMENT left Singapore for Kaohsiung and was sailing in traffic separation zone in northeast direction, THORCO CLOUD was en route from Batu Ampar Indonesia to Durban SAR, and at the time of collision was sailing in northwest direction entering traffic separation zone.

The incident, which took place in Indonesian waters six nautical miles northwest of Batam, left the Cayman Islands-registered product tanker Stolt Commitment with minor damage and in stable condition, said the MPA.

The 37,438 dwt tanker is owned by Stolt Tankers, part of Norwegian bulk liquid transportation and storage company Stolt-Nielsen Ltd.

Indonesian authorities have also commenced search and rescue operations and Singapore is ready to render assistance if required, the MPA said.

Thorco Cloud was carrying 560 tonnes of fuel but there are no reports of an oil spill. Anti-pollution craft have been put on standby in case of an oil spill, said Singapore's marine and port authority.

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