Butane leak after gas carrier and tanker collide in Singapore waters

There was a butane gas leak after a very large gas carrier (VLGC) and an aframax tanker collided in Singapore waters early on Tuesday morning.

The Singapore-registered VLGC Crystal Sunrise, owned by Japanese company Kumiai Navigation collided with the Pantheon owned aframax Astro Saturn 1nm south of Tuas Extension, in Singapore territorial waters as it was picking-up a pilot at 2-30 am on 17 April.

The Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said that the Crystal Sunrise sustained damage to one of her ballast tanks and started leaking butane from one of her cargo tanks. The ship's crew are reported to have stopped the leak, however, an estimated 1,769 mt of butane leaked.

“MPA has assessed that any leaked butane would have been carried southward away from mainland Singapore, where most of it would have rapidly dissipated to below flammable levels within an hour and pose no risk to shipping,” the port authority said.

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The Astro Saturn sustained damage to her port anchor and bow.

There were no injuries to the crew of the two vessels, and eight PSA Marine staff in the vincity of the collision received medical check-ups at the National University Hospital and have since been discharged.

MPA said it was investigating the incident, which occurred in the waters of one of the world's busiest ports.

Posted 18 April 2018

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Marcus Hand

Editor, Seatrade Maritime News

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