Turning error cause Singapore Port collision

A report issued by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) found that the February 9th 2019 collision between a bulk carrier Pireas (IMO 9342853) and Malaysian Government vessel Polaris within Singapore Port Limits off Tuas was caused by a turning error.

MPA said that “the investigation showed that an error in the turning manoeuvre carried out by Pireas caused it to collide with Polaris, which was anchored at the time in a non-designated anchorage within Singapore Port Limits. MPA has issued a stern written warning to the master of Pireas for the collision.

MPA reminded the shipping community to ensure that vessels operating within Singapore Port Limits complied with the applicable regulations. MPA also reiterated its concern that the presence of unauthorized vessels in Singapore’s port waters could cause confusion for the shipping community and threaten navigational safety in the area.

As the collision took place in Singapore Territorial Waters, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) launched an investigation into the facts surrounding the collision.

The MPA investigation showed that an error in the turning manoeuvre carried out by PIREAS caused it to collide with POLARIS, which was anchored at the time in a non-designated anchorage within Singapore Port Limits.  MPA has issued a stern written warning to the master of PIREAS for the collision.

Greece-registered bulk carrier Pireas and Malaysian Government vessel Polaris collided on February 9 in Singapore territorial waters within Singapore Port Limits off Tuas, Maritime Port Authority of Singapore informed.

After refuelling at Singapore’s eastern bunkering anchorage south of Bedok, the bulk carrier was on its way to its next port of call at Tanjung Pelepas when the collision took place.

The 2006-built Panamax bulker is part of Chronos Shipping’s fleet from Greece. The market value of the vessel is $11.7m, based on VesselsValue’s valuation.

According to the report from MPA Singapore, at 13:55 hrs local time, Pireas entered Singapore Port Limits off Tuas, slowed down, changed direction and collided with Polaris.

“Upon establishing contact with Pireas, MPA Port Operations Control Centre (POCC) instructed Pireas to stay clear of the area. At this point, Pireas reported that prior to contacting MPA POCC, it had collided with Polaris and there was no damage to its vessel,” the port authority said.

The collision occurred when the bulk carrier was making a manoeuvre to get out of the area.

As the collision incident was not considered a very serious marine casualty incident under the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Marine Casualty Investigation Code, the vessel was allowed to proceed with its journey to Tanjung Pelepas.

There were no reported injuries or oil leakage.

2006-built, Greece-flagged, 35,636 gt Pireas is owned by Piraeus Shipping & Trading care of manager Chronos Shipping Co of Piraeus, Athens, Greece. It is entered with UK P&I Club (Area Group Piraeus H1) on behalf of Piraeus Shipping & Trading Corp.

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