Gas leaks after Japanese VLGC and Greek aframax collide off Singapore

Japanese VLGC Crystal Sunrise, owned by Kumiai Navigation, and Greek aframax tanker Astro Saturn, owned by Pantheon Tankers Management, collided yesterday morning in Singapore waters.

The collision occurred around 2:30am while the Crystal Sunrise was picking up its pilot around one nautical mile south of Tuas Extension, near the designated western pilot boarding ground.

The Japanese gas ship sustained damage to its ballast tank and around 1,796 tonnes of butane leaked from one of its cargo tanks before the crew managed to stop the leak. The Greek tanker sustained damage to its port anchor and bow.

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said that both vessels have been stabilised and said the leaked butane “would have been carried southward away from mainland Singapore” and poses no risk to shipping.

While there were no injuries reported, eight PSA Marine staff who were in the vicinity of the collision were given medical check-ups.

MPA is now investigating the incident.

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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