Posted on April 18, 2018 by Ashleigh Cowie
A very large gas carrier (VLGC) and an aframax tanker have collided in Singapore waters causing a huge butane leak.
The crash happened at around 0230am yesterday local time.
The Singapore-registered VLGC Crystal Sunrise, owned by Japanese company Kumiai Navigation collided with the Pantheon owned aframax Astro Saturn 1nm south of Tuas Extension as it was picking-up a pilot.
Reports indicate the gas carrier sustained damage to her ballast tanks and started leaking butane from one of the cargo tanks.
The ship's crew stopped the leak, however, an estimated 1,769 mt of butane leaked.
“MPA has assessed that any leaked butane would have been carried southward away from mainland Singapore, where most of it would have rapidly dissipated to below flammable levels within an hour and pose no risk to shipping,” the port authority said.
The Astro Saturn sustained damage to her port anchor and bow.
None of the crew members were injured. Eight PSA Marine staff in the vicinity of the collision received medical aid at the National University Hospital. They have now been discharged.
MPA have launched an investigation into the collision.