Ship Chandler Dies While Disembarking Bulk Carrier
On November 13th, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) received a report that a vessel was sighted drifting and two men were in the waters in the Eastern Bunkering Anchorage, about 3.5km from the south of East Coast Parkway.
Upon receiving the report, MPA coordinated the rescue effort with the Police Coast Guard (PCG). Two MPA vessels and one PCG boat were activated. The two men in the water were successfully rescued. One of them was the Master of supply craft SC4482F, while the other man, who was unconscious, was a Singaporean ship chandler.
The Master was returned to his ship, while the unconscious man was sent to the hospital. He unfortunately subsequently passed away.
According to the Master of the supply craft, the Singaporean ship chandler fell into the water while disembarking from bulk carrier Cape Fushen after he had delivered ship store (such as food, medication, and small replacement parts for a ship). The Master then put on a life jacket and went into the water to assist the man overboard.
MPA, PCG and the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) are investigating the incident.
Photo Credit: http://maritime-connector.com/ship/cape-fushen-9488657/