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A submarine cable laying boat capsized and partially collapsed after colliding with an oil tanker in Indonesian waters of the Singapore Strait and after all its crew could be rescued, official sources said today.
The accident between the MV. Star Centurion, which installs cables and pipes on the sea floor and carried the flag of Vanuatu, and the tanker Antea, with the flag of Hong Kong, occurred on Sunday about 20 kilometers north of the Indonesian island of Bintan, according to the Ministry of Transport. Indonesian.
The general director of Maritime Transport of the ministry, Agus H. Purnomo, said in a statement that the 22 crew members of Star Centurion are safe after being rescued by the Indonesian Navy and the authorities of Singapore.
According to images provided by military sources to Indonesian media, the tanker hit the side of the wiring vessel and also suffered damage to the hull without the authorities having reported a cargo spill.
According to the Equasis shipping database, the registered owner of Antea is the Indonesian state oil company Pertamina, while the last registered owner of Star Centurion is the Singaporean company Trevaskis LTD.
The Strait of Singapore is one of the busiest areas of maritime traffic in the world through which hundreds of large tonnage merchant ships pass every day.
Source: La Vanguardia