The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has said in a release that chemical tanker Stolt Commitment and multipurpose general cargo vessel Thorco Cloud collided in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the Singapore Strait yesterday.
The Stolt-Nielsen owned chemical tanker sustained minor damage and is in stable condition however the Thorco Cloud, owned by Thorco Shipping, sank in Indonesian waters 6 nautical miles (11 km) north-west of Batam.
MPA deployed two patrol craft for search and rescue operations, while Singapore’s Police Coast Guard deployed five boats, and five of the 12 crew members onboard the Thorco Cloud were rescued. A sixth was rescued by the chemical tanker, however six crew member remain missing.
Indonesian authorities have also commenced search and rescue operations after been alerted by MPA.
There is no disruption to shipping traffic in the Singapore Strait, and vessels in the vicinity have been asked to report sightings of the missing crew.