At about 0030 hours today, there was a collision
between a Panamian bult carrier Martime Fidelity (GT 14,921)
and Liberian VLCC New Venture (GT 156,307)
at lat 01.32.1N long 104.35.1E
about 30 km NE of Horsburgh Lighthouse.
The MF carrying a full load of fertilizer
was eastbound for Viet Nam
and the New Venture, empty of cargo, was westbound for Singapore.
The Master of the MF reported that his vessel was holed
at the portside and taking in water.
The Master of the NV reported that his vessel
had sustained a small hole on the bulbous bow,
and was not in any danger of sinking.
At 0338, the Master of the MF reported
that his vessel was still taking in water
and was in danger of sinking.
He decided to abandon ship.
All 28 officers and crew members from the MF
were rescued by the RSN ship and brought back to Singapore.
No injury to any of the crew members wase reported.
At about 0740 the salvors at scene
reported that MF was still taking in water and sinking.