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MV Thorco Cloud’s six crew still missing

The six crew members of the Antigua and Barbuda-flagged freighter Thorco Cloud are still missing after their ship sank in the Singapore Strait.

On 16 December 2015 at 2014 hours (Singapore time), Cayman Islands-registered chemical tanker "Stolt Commitment" and freighter "Thorco Cloud" bearing the Antigua and Barbuda flag collided in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the Singapore Strait. The incident happened in Indonesian waters 6 nautical miles (11 km) north-west of Batam.

The chemical tanker sustained minor damage and is in stable condition. The freighter carrying 560 metric tonnes of bunker fuel sank. There was no Singaporean crew member on either vessel.

MPA deployed two patrol craft for search and rescue operations. Singapore's Police Coast Guard (PCG) supported MPA by deploying five boats, and rescued five of the 12 freighter crew members. A sixth was rescued by the chemical tanker. The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) dispatched two vessels to assist in the search and rescue efforts. SCDF also conveyed the six rescued crew members to Singapore General Hospital. Search and rescue operations for the remaining freighter crew members are on-going.

MPA has alerted the Indonesian authorities of the incident. The Indonesian authorities have also commenced search and rescue operations. MPA is assisting the Indonesian authorities to survey and mark the sunken freighter to ensure navigational safety.

Based on the latest information from Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority, a search covering a radius of 10 Nm from the incident site was being conducted.

Until now, RCC Tanjung Pinang (BARSARNAS) teams have recovered 2 life rafts, 1 lifeboat and the EPIRB from the MV Thorco Cloud. MPA’s hydrographic surveys revealed that the Thorco Cloud had broken into 2 sections. The stern section was located on the seabed where the ship sank at a depth of 39 metres.

Although there is no impact to surface navigation, all ships have been advised to keep clear of the sunken wreck. The bow section of the ship is still visible and has grounded about 1000 metres to the east of the sunken stern section.


Source: MPA and others


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