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SHIP NAME: Hing Endurance KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 3
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Half-laden Liberian-flagged container, 150m M/V Merkur Bridge trying to overtake Singapore Navy 141m RSS Persistence along narrow stretch of Singapore Straits -- scrapped side of navy ship, causing M/V Merkur Bridge to slam into the 183m-long, 30,000-ton Liberian-flagged tanker in ballast, for Ho Chi Minh City with 20 crew, tearing small hole just above waterline. From our correspondant David Boey.(Mon. Sept. 27 2004)

183 meter Liberian-registered 28,300gt M/T High Endurance (built 2004) Singapore for Surabaya in ballast with 24 crew, in collision outside Singapore Strait with 150 meter Liberian-registered 9,597gt container M/V Merkur Bridge (built 1993) Port Klang for Ho Chi Minh City with 20 crew -- M/T High Endurance suffered engine room fire and also small hole at port quarter, above waterline -- required assistance of tug and Singapore rescue authorties. Both currently anchored in NE of Horsburgh Lighthouse within Singapore waters in stable condition. While overtaking 141 meter Singapore navy vessel RSS Persistence, for Australia with 150 crew -- M/V Merkur Bridge suddenly altered course to avoid oncoming High Endurance -- in doing so, Merkur Bridge struck Singapore navy ship -- then collided with M/V High Endurance at 0:40 am LT on Sept. 15 morning. Warship returned to Changi Naval Base, with minor scratches to port side (Thus. Sept. 16 2004)

Liberian-registered container M/V Merkur Bridge off Singapore suddenly altered course to avoid oncoming Liberian-registered M/T High Endurance -- in collision with Singapore navy vessel RSS Persistence -- then in collision with M/T High Endurance -- caused fire in the engine spaces of oil tanker. (Thus. Sept. 16 2004)


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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.


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Probably Merkur Bridge stern was sucked into Persistance as she overtook Persistance on the Persistance's port side too closely. Merkur Bridge's starboard stern scraped the Persistance, and then the MB hit the HE on the MB's port bow at a fairly fine angle. Smit site has photos of the damage which seem to indicate this is the case. The MPA notwithstanding there is nothing "small" about the damage on High Endurance which was in ballast. Vertically the holing extends from just below the main deck to maybe a meter above the light waterline. Longitudinally it extends from just behind the front of the accommodations to the just behind the aft end of the accommodation. The maximum depth of penetration appears to be no more than 3 m but this was sufficient to penetrate well into the engine room. The fire damage is quite localized, at the forward end of the damage. The Merkur Bridge has 84 tons of steel repairs mostly in the bow.

At this point, we don't know the exact cause. Clearly, the Merkur Bridge was trying to sneak thru the gap between the Persistence and the on-coming Endurance. The suddenly altered course to avoid High Endurance theory does not seem likely. An alteration to port would be the last thing that the Merkur Bridge would want to do in this case.

In the Singapore Strait, there are too many, too large ships not to institute airplane style traffic control.

Merkur Bridge is a feeder container ship, built 1993, grt 9603, dwt 12575.

Persistance was a Singapore Navy LST.