On August 21, the 183 meter long, 50760 dwt tanker Alnic MC collided with the 154 meter long, US Navy Destroyer USS John S. McCain in the Strait of Malacca off Singapore. The Alnic MC’s bow struck the aft port side of the destroyer. The Alnic MC sustained damage to its fore peak ballast tank while the USS John S. McCain suffered a hull breach with several compartments flooded including crew quarters, machinery and communications rooms. Five sailors were injured while another 10 were initially reported as missing on the destroyer. Later reports state many of the crew missing had become trapped in the flooded compartments.
Both the Alnic MC and USS John S. McCain remained afloat and were able to proceed under their own power. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident. The USS John S. McCain moored at the Changi naval base in Singapore.
The 200 meter long, 30250 dwt container ship Wan Hai 301 allided with the docked 267 meter long, 55612 dwt container ship APL Denver at Johor Port in Pasir Gudang, Singapore. The Wan Hai 301 had lost control in the port when the vessel suffered power blackout after its generator failed. The Wan Hai 301 bow struck the APL Denver amidship resulting in hull damage to the APL Denver.
The hull was holed at the waterline allowing some water ingress. The allision also punctured a starboard fuel tank on the APL Denver spilling some 300 tons of oil into the sea.
Local authorities responded and placed booms to protect nearby mangroves. Reports state pollution has impacted a nearby fish farm and may have contaminated fish stocks. Additionally, booms were placed near reservoirs to prevent oil residue entering the system. No reports of injuries on either vessel.
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.