A cable-laying vessel sank in the waters off the Indonesian island of Bintan in the Singapore Strait after it was struck by an oil tanker on the morning of Sunday, January 13.
The Hong Kong-flagged tanker Antea was reportedly sailing at around 11.5 knots when it collided with the Vanuatu-registered cable-laying vessel Star Centurion, which was anchored at the time.
Antea sustained damage to its bow while Star Centurion, which was struck amidships, sank within hours.
Indonesian and Singaporean government vessels arrived on scene to conduct search and rescue (SAR) operations. Singaporean authorities were able to rescue Star Centurion’s entire crew complement of 22 from the distressed vessel before it capsized.
An official of Indonesia’s Basarnas national SAR agency has confirmed that Antea is currently in Singapore, where the tanker’s captain has been invited for questioning as part of the investigation into the incident.
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