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Iranian VLCC in Maritime Accident Near Singapore
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Iranian VLCC in Maritime Accident Near Singapore

An Iranian very large crude carrier and a large containership collided in the Singapore Strait late on Wednesday, causing damage to both ships.
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore said it was notified just before midnight Thursday that the Iran's Dream II supertanker and the MSC Alexandra containership had collided in the Singapore Strait about 3 kilometers southeast of Sebarok Island, maritime industry news website GCaptain reported on Thursday.
The Dream II is owned by state-owned National Iranian Tanker Company.
The supertanker sustained damage to its bow in the collision. The MSC Alexandra took the hit at its port quarter, causing a giant hole and the loss of containers overboard. Both vessels are in stable condition and anchored in Singapore waters, the MPA said.
MSC Alexandra, owned by Switzerland-based Mediterranean Shipping Company, reported that 10 empty containers fell overboard during the incident, including four which fell on the deck of the VLCC.
The MPA said it immediately issued navigation broadcast to warn vessels of the presence of floating containers in the vicinity of the incident site, while deploying survey and salvage teams to recover the containers.
It said that prior to the collision, its Port Operations Control Center alerted the masters of both vessels of the risk of collision.
MSC Alexandra reported that 10 empty containers fell overboard during the incident, including four which fell onto the deck of VLCC. The MPA said it immediately issued navigation broadcast to warn vessels of the presence of floating containers in the vicinity of the incident site, while deploying survey and salvage teams to recover the containers.
No injuries or oil pollution was reported.
With a deadweight of around 320,000, Dream II, formerly named Danesh, was built in 2008. MSC Alexandra is a 396-meter-long vessel built in 2010. AIS data shows the containership had just departed Singapore for Chiwan, China.

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