Pipelay vessel Star Centurion is reported to have been damaged and sunk following a collision with tanker Antea offshore Bintan island in the eastern Singapore Strait.
The incident took place around 6 am local time on 13 January. Some local news outlets are reporting the pipelay vessel to have sunk, while others state that it is half-submerged.
According to the Jakarta Post, the incident took place in Indonesian waters and was reported to the Information Fusion Center (IFC) in Singapore, a multinational maritime security organisation. Singaporean authorities rescued 20 crew from the vessel. The Indonesian newspaper cited an IFC Indonesian Navy liaison officer as saying “When the accident happened, we did not have a search and rescue team ready, so the Singaporean authorities handled it.
“This is in line with international law: whoever is close to the site provides assistance.”
The Indonesian navy has deployed vessels to prevent other ships from entering the area, the Jakarta Post report said.
Previously known as Lewek Centurion, 2013-built S-lay pipelayer Star Centurion is understood to be under management of Vallianz Offshore Marine while its ultimate ownership is unclear. It measures 144.4 m and has a dwt of 13,400, according to VesselsValue.
Antea is reported to be under management of Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement and owned by Indonesian state energy firm Pertamina. According to VesselsValue, the 2000-built vessel is 175 m long, has a dwt of 40,100 and a cargo capacity of 44,709 m3. Media reports say Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement has launched “a full emergency response” following the incident.
No official statement has been released from any party and none of the parties involved could be reached for comment at the time of writing.
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