Singapore identifies poor US Navy training in tanker collision report

Singapore authorities have laid the blame on last year’s collision between the USS John S. McCain and the tanker Alnic MC on the warship’s decision to make a sudden turn in one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes.

The destroyer and the tanker collided while transiting the Singapore Strait last August with the loss of 10 US Navy lives.

Singapore’s Transport Safety Investigation Bureau today issued a 35-page report into the accident. The report states that the American crew were “likely to have lacked the requisite knowledge of the steering control system due to inadequacies in training and familiarization”.

The incident involving the USS John S. McCain was one of a series of mishaps for the US Navy in the Pacific in the past year, which has prompted heads to roll among top staff.


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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