Nine crewman still missing after tanker collision

Tanker carrying naphtha collides with cargo vessel off Malaysian coast

Picture for illustration purposes only. (Seawings LLC)
Picture for illustration purposes only. (Seawings LLC)

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Nine crewman are missing after a tanker on route from the UAE to South Korea and carrying 58.000 tonnes of naphtha collided with a cargo ship in the Strait of Malacca, Malaysia at 10pm on Tuesday night (2pm GMT).

Reuters reported that an official from the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) said that the Formosaproduct Brick, a Liberian-registered vessel chartered to U.S. trading firm Cargill, was still on fire five after collision, but there was no danger of an oil spill.

It is believed that the naphtha was likely to be from Abu Dhabi National Oil Co (ADNOC), whom Cargill has a term contract

The collision occurred at 10:00 p.m. (1400 GMT) in international waters at the Malacca Straits bordering Malaysia and Indonesia, the MMEA official said.

"We have towed the tanker to the edge of international shipping lines 18 nautical miles (33 kilometres) offshore from Port Dickson and alerted all vessels in the area, so there is no disruption or delays to shipping in the Straits," the MMEA official is reported by Reuters as saying.

The other vessel involved in the collision was the Ostende Max, a British-registered bulk carrier, which was not carrying any cargo at the time of the collision.


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