Posted on January 31, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
St Kitts and Nevis-flagged oil product tanker, Sea Frontier, capsized near Tanjung Penyusop, Malaysia, in the evening of January the 30th.
According to the Deputy Director of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), Captain Sanifah Yusof, the Sea Frontier was attempting to dock at the time of the incident.
Regrettably, the vessel managed to hit a rock during the docking operation, causing hull damage that led to considerable water ingress.
At approximately 21:15 in the evening, the vessel had already been about 75% under water.
Thankfully, the crew managed to send out a distress call to the relevant authorities before the ship went under.
“During the incident, the vessel carried 11 crew members from Indonesia and Myanmar, while another was a technical passenger from the local community who came to assist in monitoring and testing of the vessel's machinery. Acting on information, the Johor Baru Maritime Rescue Sub Center (MRSC) immediately relayed assistance to the scene, as well as informing the Marine Department and the Department of Environment (DoE) as the vessel carried Marine Gas Oil,” said Captain Sanifah in a statement.
The 11 crewmembers aboard the Sea Frontier, all aged between 23 and 55, were successfully saved by a motorized tanker that had been operating in the area that managed to respond to the distress call.
In response, an MMEA vessel was deployed in order to transfer the victims to land for treatment.
As it stands, the crew is in good health, showing no visible signs of injury.
An investigation has been opened in order to determine the exact cause of the incident.
The location of the shipwreck has been marked by MMEA so as to check for a possible oil spill.