The ICL Vikraman (Indian-registry 31,734-gt, 55,851-dwt bulk carrier
built in 1979, homeported at Madras and operated by India Cements Ltd.)
sank at 2300 26 Sept. in the Strait of Malacca
near Tanjung Tuan, Malaysia,
after colliding with the empty Mount 1 (85,963-gt, 161,805-dwt motor
combination ship built in 1973) at 02 degrees 18.5 minutes north, 101
degrees 51 minutes east.
Twenty-eight crewmembers of the ICL Vikraman and a
2-year-old boy are missing and five were rescued.
The ICL Vikraman sank after breaking in half.
The ship was hit on the starboard side amidships
and top of its mast with a radar and antennas is visible above the water.
The Mount 1 suffered a large hole near the watermark above the bulbous bow
and anchored at Port Dickson, Malaysia. The five rescued from the ICL
Vikraman include a cadet, Carthic Visakhapatnam, 21; the second engineer,
Sanabala Kamaraju and his wife, S. Neezima; the electrician, S.
Puroshomyaman; and another crewmember, V. Baharani. The missing 2-year-old
boy is the son of Kamaraju and Neezima. The five were rescued by the
Laemthong Glory (Thai-registry 15,069-dwt dry cargo ship built in 1976,
operated by Neptune Orient Lines Ltd.) and the Royal Malaysian Navy's
Kasturi-class Frigate K.D. Lekir (26). The ICL Vikraman was sailing from
Antwerp, Belgium, to Kaohsiung, Taiwan, with steel products
while the Mount 1 was sailing in ballast from India to Singapore.
This collision happened during the worst smog in the Malacca Strait.
This smog was due to forest fires in Indonesia,
which persisted over couple of weeks during that time.