Posted on February 14, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Dominican-flagged supply vessel, Ocean Cooper 2 sank in Singapore territorial waters in the morning of February the 14th.
The incident occurred at approximately 7:15 am, as the vessel was transiting through the Singapore Strait.
The vessel capsized and sank in the westbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme, some 3 nautical miles from Pedra Branca.
Thankfully, the three Indonesian crewmembers aboard the vessel were rescued by a nearby accompanying supply vessel, Jolly Rachel.
The crew is considered to be safe and sound, having received no injuries in the process.
Currently, there are no reports of oil pollution in the area following the incident.
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has currently opened an investigation into the incident.
MPA has deployed a craft in order to conduct a hydrological survey of the wreck, so as to discover the possible causes behind the sinking.
They ‘ve issued navigational broadcasts to ships in the area, asking them to navigate with caution in the vicinity of the incident.
At this point in time sea traffic through the Singapore Strait remains unaffected.
This latest incident occurred close to where a cable ship sank following a collision with a tanker in January.
Back in 2017, in the same region, a U.S. Navy Vessel collided with a tanker resulting in 10 deaths.