Container carrier MSC Alexandra and VLCC Dream collided in Singapore Strait

VLCC DreamThe very large crude carrier Dream collided with container ship MSC Alexandra in Singapore Strait on 2 nautical miles southeast off Sebarok island. The both vessels were proceeding on crossing routes, as the tanker was proceeding through the separation scheme in western direction, while the container ship MSC Alexandra was entering into the scheme from Singapore. The collision happened due to serious violation of the ColReg rules for vessels running on crossing routes. Following the collision, the crude carrier Dream suffered serious damages of the bow, while the container ship MSC Alexandra suffered damages in the port board. Also a dozen of empty containers fell overboard from the deck of MSC Alexandra. Fortunately there is no report about injuries and water pollution.

The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the accident. According to preliminary information, responsible for the collision was the duty officer of very large crude carrier Dream, who was neglecting the ColReg rules, as container ship MSC Alexandra was proceeding from the right board and have to be released by the tanker to enter in the separation scheme. On other side, the lack of communication and misunderstanding from the both duty officers was in the root cause of the collision.

The both ships were detained at the anchorage off Singapore and will need of repairs and inspection before return in operations. The VLCC and container carrier are in stable condition without danger for their seaworthiness.

MSC AlexandraThe container ship MSC Alexandra (IMO: 9461374) has overall length of 365.80 m, moulded beam of 52.00 m and maximum draft of 12.00 m. The vessel has deadweight of 165,908 DWT, gross tonnage of 153,115 GRT and capacity to carry 14,000 TEU. The container carrier was built in 2010 by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering in South Korea. The owner and operator of the vessel is Mediterranean Shipping Company. During the accident the container ship MSC Alexandra was en route from Singapore to Chiwan, China.

The VLCC Dream (IMO: 9356593) had deadweight of 319,999 DWT and gross tonnage of 164,241 GRT. The ship was en route from Beilun, China to Port of Khark, Iran under ballast. The vessel was built in 2008 by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering in South Korea. The owner and operator of the VLCC Dream is Greek company Arcadia Shipmanagement.

See more photos from the accident:
MSC Alexandra collision

MSC Alexandra damage

Tanker dream collision

  1. The information on the direction of the Dream-II heading easterly apears to be erraneous. As mentioned in the article, she was heading in the easterly direction enroute to Iran, which actually would be westerly if headed to Iran, The below AIS recreation too sugests she was headed westerly.
    I am hihlighting the above with intentions to only clarify ambiguities which would confuse other readers.
    Having said that, pleasure to visit the site as another source of maritime news.


  2. dhawal, You are right. But it was technical mistake. Reading more in the article you can see that tanker was en route from Beilun, China to Port of Khark, Iran, so cannot be in eastern course.
    Moreover. Being on eastern course means that container carrier will be seen from the port board, so tanker has advantage and should not maneuver.

  3. Interesting read. Was the MSC vessel proceeding down Jong Fairway to enter the TSS? Any updates on the inspectors/surveyors concerned with this incident would be most welcome.
    Thank you.

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