Singapore: Coast Guard callout after bulk carrier and cargo ship collide in the Straits of Singapore – 200313 1255z

Two ships (a bulk carrier and a cargo ship) collide in the Straits of Singapore. The Singaporean Coastguard was called to rescue crew members of the smaller vessel.

The two boats, which appeared to be bulk carriers, were reportedly transiting the Straits of Singapore when one cargo ship passed too close to the other.

The Singaporean coast guard was then called in to rescue the crew of the smaller boat, which reportedly began sinking after the accident.

No casualties were reported.

While passing the Strait of Singapore, the “Beks Halil” was in collision with a smaller bulk carrier which was suddenly veering across its course.

Video footage shows the smaller vessel veering to port and across the course of the “Beks Halil” which was underway from Haldia to Navlakhi at that time.

The smaller cargo vessel was hit on port side in the aft after it was unable to stop or alter course for the larger ship.

The Singapore Coast Guard was called to the incident but there were no reports of any injuries. It’s every captain’s worst nightmare.

A 57,000-tonne bulk carrier steaming out of Singapore suddenly has a smaller vessel veering across its path.

The incident – caught on video by crew members from another ship nearby – happened in the crowded Singapore Strait, which leads in and out of the world’s busiest port.

The footage shows the smaller vessel veering to port (its left) and across the course of the much larger ship.

The bulk carrier nudges the cargo vessel The collision is inevitable, as the massive BEKS line tanker is unable to stop or alter course.

The Singapore Coast Guard was called to the incident but there were no reports of any injuries.

Wednesday, 20 March, 2013 at 03:50 (03:50 AM) UTC

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