The Chinese authorities are investigating an accident between a new Singapore-registered 115-metre bunkering tanker Pearl Kenzo (IMO 9948346) – which had only just completed construction in China – and fishing boat Suiyupu 0183. The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) released the details after it received information from the China Maritime Safety Administration.
Eight crew members of the fishing vessel were being reported as missing.
The bunker vessel was reportedly not carrying any cargo, and no environmental damage had been reported due to the accident.
The accident occurred on December 26th when the new bunker tanker was travelling from Chenghan Jiao in Northern China to Zhoushan, possibly on its maiden trip. The vessel was built for Consort Bunkers, which has operations in both Singapore and Zhoushan. It was unclear from the reports whether the tanker was on its delivery run from the shipyard to its Zhoushan home base in China or if the plans called for it to proceed to Singapore.
The vessel had just completed construction earlier in the month at Jinglu Shipbuilding. Its naming ceremony and handover took place on December 18th.
The China Maritime Safety Administration initiated a search and rescue operation. It notified the MPA that the fishing boat sank at the collision site. None of the crew on the Pearl Kenzo was reported to have been injured.
Chinese officials have confirmed that the bunker vessel will remain anchored at Shidao in northern China while investigations into the incident are ongoing.
2023-built, Singapore-flagged, 5,972 gt Pearl Kenzo is owned by Pearl Kenzo Shipping Pte Ltd care of manager Pearl Marine Logistics of Singapore.
As of December 29th the Pearl Kenzo was listed as Stopped at Shidao, Northern China.