On May 11, the 151 meter long, 23573 dwt bulk carrier Samudra Sakti and the 299 meter long, 86018 dwt container ship Shahraz collided and stranded in the Strait of Singapore near Sambu Island, Batam, Riau Islands. The Shahraz was headed for Shanghai while the Samudra Sakti was bound for Bayah. Reports state the vessels had to make a last minute course change to avoid striking a tug crossing their path. Authorities tried to alert both vessels of the potential collision and grounding, but it was too late. The Samudra Sakti struck the Shahraz amidships before both vessels went aground.
The Shahraz sustained hull damage with several large dents along with cracks above and below the waterline. The Samudra Sakti sustained on minor damage to its bow. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
Authorities dispatched multiple patrol vessels to the scene. Authorities were able to refloat the Samudra Sakti later the same day. The bulk carrier proceeded to a nearby anchorage where it was to be inspected. Reports state the Shahraz remained aground as the boxship was to be inspected while a salvage plan was being created. The name of the tug that caused the incident has not been released.
The 73 meter long, 2599 dwt tanker Nona Tang II exploded in the Singapore Strait while berthed at Batu Ampar, Batam City, Indonesia. The vessel was undergoing repairs when welders on the cargo deck ignited fuel vapors. One worker was instantly killed while two others were badly burned. The Nona Tang II continued to burn until local fire brigades and two patrol boats arrived on scene. The fire fighters were able to extinguish the blaze a short time later. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident. Initial reports state the welders did not have permits to conduct repair work at the time of the incident in violation of safety laws.
The 37 meter long, 43 dwt ferry Wavemaster 6 caught fire off Singapore. The ferry was en route to Batam with 140 passengers when a fire started with a generator in the engine room. The fire spewed out dense black smoke which caused some panic among the passengers on board. The crew evacuated the passengers to the upper deck while they ventilated the passenger compartments. The fire was quickly extinguished. No reports of injuries or pollution released.