On April 15, the 45 meter long tanker Wan Da capsized and sank in the Malacca Straits near Johor, Malaysia. All the crew on board the Wan Da were able to escape before the vessel rolled over. Malaysian patrol vessels monitored the overturned tanker as it drifted across shipping lanes into Indonesian waters. Reports state Indonesian patrol vessels had secured a tow line to the Wan Da and tried to tow the tanker towards Riau Islands. Another report states the Wan Da sank before it could be towed to safety. Authorities state an oil spill was spotted off Tanjung Penyusop.
The 86 meter long, 8460 dwt hopper dredger JBB Rong Chang 8 capsized off Johor, Malaysia. The dredger was 8 miles offshore when it lost stability and rolled over. Three crew were able to escape the JBB Rong Chang 8 while 14 were reported missing. One body was recovered by authorities. Reports state two patrol boats were conducting a search and rescue operation in the area looking for the missing crewmen.
The 46 meter long tanker Putri Sea sank with all hands in the Singapore Strait near Johor, Malaysia. Authorities were first alerted when the tanker’s agent could not contact the vessel. The Putri Sea had been last reported proceeding with six crew and a cargo of crude oil off Johor.
Authorities launched a search and rescue operation. A patrol vessel from Tanjung Sedili arrived 4.6 miles off Tangjung Pengelih. Multiple patrol vessels began a search of the area as it was near the last reported position of the tanker. The search did not find the Putri Sea. However, searchers did find a recent oil spill in the water. Authorities believe the oil spill is from the Putri Sea. The six crew of the Putri Sea are reported as missing.
Some reports speculate the tanker had suffered an explosion and fire before sinking. However, there is no official confirmation of the cause to the loss of the Putri Sea. No details reported if authorities will conduct further investigation into the incident.