On the morning of August 14 (LT), Bright Artemis
received a distress signal from the "Amar" (10,208 ton, Singapore flag),
which was on fire, and immediately proceeded to the position about 290
miles west of the Great Nicobar Island in the Indian Ocean.
At about 1:00 p.m., (3:00 p.m. JST),
Amar was swept by a wind wave and struck Bright Artemis.
The Bright Artemis has a gash
of about 1 meter in height and 5 meters in length on the starboard
(approx. 1.7 meters above the water line).
The amount of oil spillage from damaged 2 tanks
is still under investigation, but is estimated to reach to about 4,500 tons.
Bright Artemis carried 249,997 tons of crude oil
from Mina Al-Fahl (Oman) and Ras Tanura (Saudi Arabia),
and was headed to Japan.
According to the report from the Bright Artemis, the location
of the accident is located 5 degrees 46 minutes north (latitude)
and 89 degrees 04 minutes east (longitude).
Amar crew members on board were rescued by other vessel and are confirmed to be safe.
There is no report of any engine malfunctions or any injuries from the Bright Artemis.
The Bright Artemis transferred oil from the damaged tanks
to other tanks in order to stop further oil spills.
As a result, the oil surfaces have been lowered
below the gashes of the damaged
tanks and thus, the possibility of further spillage has been prevented.
The vessel is currently proceeding eastward,
adjusting its speed to minimize any turbulence.
Maritime Port Authority of Singapore
and the Indian Coast Guard have been informed of the incident.
On August 14, MOL established Emergency Control Headquarter headed by President Ashida,