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Steering failure likely cause of Malaysian ship collision

A steering system failure is suspected to be the cause of a collision between a panamax bulk carrier and a brand new 15,000 teu containership off Johor in Malaysia over the weekend.

The Malta-registered bulk carrier, Galapagos, was reported to have experienced steering system failure, causing it to move to the right and block the route of UK-registered Zephyr Lumos, which was delivered this year to owners Zodiac Maritime.

There were no injuries reported, however oil spillage has been detected.

The bulk carrier was badly punctured in its starboard cargo deck area in the accident.

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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