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.
The 190 meter long, 56853 dwt bulk carrier Ocean Carrier ran aground in the Sinapore Strait near Pulau Pemping, Indonesia. The Ocean Carrier was en route to Yangjiang with iron ore when it veered out of the fairway and went aground to avoid colliding with another vessel. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
On December 16, the 145 meter long, 10385 dwt cargo vessel Thorco Cloud sank after colliding with the 183 meter long, 37438 dwt tanker Stolt Commitment in the Singapore Strait near Batam Island. The Thorco Cloud was headed to Brazil with Steel when it was struck by the Stolt Commitment. Of the 12 crew on board the Thorco Cloud, six were later rescued. The remaining crew was reported as missing. The cause of the collision is under investigation.