Pertamina tanker slams into side of pipelay vessel anchored off Bintan

Hong Kong flagged 2002-built product tanker Antea  T-boned 2012-built pipelay vessel Star Centurion east of the Singapore Strait entrance around 10 nautical miles north of Bintan Island yesterday morning.

The pipelay vessel had a hole punctured in its side from the accident, causing it to severely list. Indonesian media has since reported that the vessel has sunk, with an image from Tanjung Pinang Naval Base (below) showing more than 90% of the vessel submerged.

Worth a little under $100m, the Star Centurion has been anchored in the position of the accident since January 7 according to MarineTraffic AIS data. The outer port limits of Singapore are a popular destination for ships to anchor in order to save on port dues.

Formerly named Lewek Centurion, Star Centurion was previously owned by Singapore’s Ezra Holdings although Splash understands DBS Bank repossessed the vessel some time back and it is being managed for the bank by Vallianz Offshore Marine.

The tanker, owned by Indonesia’s Pertamina and managed by Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement according to Equasis, was leaving Singapore headed for Ambon, Indonesia when the accident occurred.

Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement said in a statement sent to Splash it has launched a full emergency response in the wake of the accident. The crew of both vessels have been accounted for and there are no injuries to any seafarers. No pollution has been reported, the shipmanager said.

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.


  1. I revised a little, it should not Owned by Pertamina but Cartered by Pertamina. Because all ships belong to Pertamina (owned by pertamina) always Indonesia registry/Indonesian Flag.

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