At about 0106hrs on 15 Sep 04, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)
received a call from the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN)
that the Liberian-registered container ship, Merkur Bridge (9,597 GT),
had collided with the oil tanker, High Endurance (30,028 GT),
which is also Liberian-registered.
The incident occurred outside the Singapore Strait,
northeast of Horsburgh Lighthouse, within Singapore waters.
Preliminary checks indicated that the Merkur Bridge
was overtaking a RSN vessel, the RSS Persistence.
When Merkur Bridge had closed in next to RSS Persistence,
she suddenly altered course to avoid the oncoming High Endurance.
In doing so, Merkur Bridge struck RSS Persistence.
Soon after, Merkur Bridge collided with the High Endurance at about 0040 hrs.
As a result of the incident,
the engine room of the High Endurance caught fire,
which was put out shortly after by the ship's crew.
The tanker also sustained a small hole at its port quarter,
above the waterline.
The extent of damage to the Merkur Bridge is yet to be determined,
but it is currently in stable condition.
The RSS Persistence sustained minor scratches to its port side.
There was no report of any injury or pollution from the three ships.
The High Endurance and Merkur Bridge are currently in stable condition
and are anchored just outside the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS),
northeast of Horsburgh Lighthouse.