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Singapore warned Djibouti-flagged VLCC prior to grounding

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The loaded VLCC Young Yong grounded in Indonesia waters in the Singapore Strait was warned of shallow waters by the Singapore authorities.

In a statement to media the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said the Djibouti-registered VLCC was issued with early shallow water warnings through its Vessel Traffic Information System (VTIS) on the potential risk of its grounding.

The MPA said the Master of the Young Yong informed them that it had grounded off Takong Kecil in the Riau Islands, Indonesia in the Singapore Strait at around 2020 hrs on 26 October. 

The Indonesian authorities are leading refloatation efforts for the tanker, as well as preventive efforts against possible oil spills, as the vessel had grounded in Indonesian waters,” the Singapore port authority said.

The vessel ran aground near a gas pipeline and was loaded with 284,429 tonnes of crude oil. According to local reports Indonesian authorities plan to send down divers to survey the condition of the vessel underwater, before undertaking lightering operations to transfer some of the cargo to another tanker allowing for the stricken vessel to be refloated.

The MPA said there had been no reports of any pollution or injuries from the incident and vessels transiting the traffic separation scheme of the Singapore Strait have not been affected.

The 2001-built, 306,000 dwt, Djibouti-registered, VLCC is owned by a single ship company Technology Bright International in Hong Kong according to the Equasis database. It is managed by East Wind Ship Management, also in Hong Kong.