Collision off Singapore
On August 3, the 126 meter long, 319,999 dwt VLCC tanker Dream II collided with the 366 meter long, 165,908 dwt container ship MSC Alexandra in the Singapore Strait off Sebarok Island, Singapore. The Dream II’s bow struck into the portside hull of the MSC Alexandra. The tanker sustained significant damage to its bow and the container ship sustained hull damage to its port stern and a dozen empty containers fell overboard. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Authorities detained both vessels at a nearby anchorage while conducting an investigation into the incident. Initial reports state the duty officers on both vessels failed to communicate before the collision.