The 101 meter long, 8919 dwt general cargo vessel Better Trans sank in the Philippine Sea in an area of 19 25 N 127 40 E between Taiwan and the Philippines. The Better Trans was en route to China from Davao, Philippines when the crew found the vessel had sprung a leak. Unable to control the flooding, the vessel sent out a distress call and abandoned ship. All 19 crew escaped into the life rafts. Four hours later the crew were rescued. However, only 18 men were later rescued and one man was listed as missing. No further details reported.
The 190 meter long, 57374 dwt bulk carrier Sinar Kapuas collided with the 249 meter long, 116039 dwt tanker Alyarmouk off Singapore near Pedra Branca. The Sinar Kapuas struck the Alyarmouk resulting in some damage to the tanker’s hold and release of crude oil into the sea. No reports of injuries on either vessel. Authorities were alerted who dispatched aircraft and anti-pollution resources to the scene. Both vessels proceeded to a nearby safe anchorage. No details to how much oil pollution was released.
- MPA: Collision, Oil Spill off Singapore (marinelink.com)
- Oil tanker and Singapore-registered bulk carrier collide off Pedra Branca (channelnewsasia.com)