Collision Sinks Pipelay Vessel off Singapore
[Brief] On Sunday, the pipelay vessel Star Centurion capsized and partially sank in the Singapore Strait after a collision with a product tanker. All 22 crewmembers evacuated safely, and no casualties were reported.
The collision occurred at an anchorage off Bintan Island, Indonesia, near the eastern entrance to the strait. The Centurion was at anchor at the time of impact, according to AIS tracking data The other vessel involved, the 40,000 dwt product tanker Antea, was getting under way for Ambon, Indonesia. Photos from the scene show extensive damage to the Centurion's port side amidships.
According to the Antea's ship manager, no pollution or injuries have been reported from either vessel. Centurion's manager, Vallianz Offshore Marine, said that response personnel were deployed to the scene and that arrangements were made to bring the pipelayer's crew back to Singapore
The Star Centurion (ex name Lewek Centurion) is a heavy S-lay pipelay vessel capabile of handling up to 42-inch-diameter coated pipe.