Monday, 14 January 2019

Pertamina tanker slams into side of pipelay vessel anchored off Bintan

Hong Kong flagged 2002-built product tanker Antea has t-boned 2012-built pipelay vessel Star Centurion east of the Singapore Strait entrance around 10NM north of Bintan Island yesterday morning.

The pipelay vessel had a hole punctured in its side from the accident, causing it to severely list.

Worth a little under $100m, the Star Centurion has been anchored in the position of the accident since January 7 according to Marinetraffic AIS data. The outer port limits of Singapore are a popular destinations for ships to anchor in order to save on port dues.

Formerly named Lewek Centurion, Star Centurion was previously owned by Singapore's Ezra Holdings although Splash understands DBS Bank repossessed the vessel some time back and it is being managed for the bank by Vallianz Offshore Marine.

The tanker, owned by Indonesia's Pertamina and managed by Bernhard Schulte Ship management according to Equasis, was leaving Singapore headed for Ambon, Indonesia when the accident occurred.

Bernhard Schulte Ship management said in a statement sent to Splash it has launched a full emergency response in the wake of the accident. The crew of both vessels have been accounted for and there are no injuries to any seafarers. No pollution has been reported, the ship manager said.