Ship Sinks off of Sentosa

Friday, April 02, 2004
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) received a report that a Vietnam-flagged freighter, Thanh Da (1,066 GT), had sunk at Western Working Anchorage, about 1 km west of Sentosa Island.

According to the master of the Thanh Da, the freighter was anchored at Western Working Anchorage, after loading general cargoes at Jurong Port. At about 1025hrs, the vessel started taking in water and subsequently sank. The shipmaster and six crewmembers were onboard at the time of the incident. They were rescued by a passing workboat and transferred to Police Coast Guard (PCG) craft. There was no report of any injury to the crew.

As a result of the sinking, some of the vessel's bunker fuel seeped into the sea, which has been cleaned up by three anti-pollution craft deployed by MPA.

Port operations and vessel traffic remain unaffected. The location of the Thanh Da has been marked and navigational broadcasts have been issued to inform ships in the vicinity of the incident. As a precaution, anti-pollution craft will continue to monitor the situation. The shipowner has taken action to engage salvors to salvage the vessel. MPA will be investigating the incident.

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