A year ago, we talked about the continuing threat of collisions between vessels. That article can be viewed at Collisions Happen….
Today, off the coast of Singapore, the container vessel Hammonia Thracium and the chemical tanker Zoey proved that collisions are still happening. Reviewing the vessels’ AIS tracks on Marinetraffic.com, there doesn’t appear to be any definitive information on the cause, although others report, “Prior to the incident, MPA’s Port Operations Control Centre provided traffic information to the two vessels and alerted Zoey that the vessel Hammonia Thracium was crossing the traffic lane.”
Oil spill response contractors are said to be on scene or enroute to deal with the close to 80 metric tons of bunkers that have been released from Hammonia Thracium. The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) will investigate the cause of this collision, while the vessels assess their damages and options.
We look forward to learning from this incident investigation and lessons learned.