Laden VLCC aground near Singapore gas pipeline

A very delicate refloating operation is required in Indonesian waters where a laden VLCC has run aground in the busy Singapore Strait, very near a gas pipeline.

The Djibouti-flagged Young Yong tanker ran aground by Nipa Island near Batam on Thursday. The ship is carrying 284,429 tons of Indonesian crude bound for Mozambique.

Divers have repeatedly been sent to inspect the state of the hull, with local officials reporting strong currents buffeting the grounded vessel. No spill has been reported yet.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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