Dredger collides with tanker in Malacca Strait

Location of dredger Oceanline 5001 following collision with tanker in Malacca, Malaysia. Credit: IHS Markit AISLive ship tracking portal

A trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) sailing at full speed collided with an anchored products tanker on 2 October at Malacca Anchorage, Malaysia.

The TSHD, Oceanline 5001, was en route from the Kota Laksamana land reclamation area to a sand extraction site at the Malacca port limit when it hit the Bahamas-flagged tanker Strovolos.

The tanker was moored alongside a supply vessel and sustained damage above the waterline on its portside hull and the cargo deck. The Sierra Leonne-flagged TSHD was not damaged in the incident. No crew injuries and incidence of pollution were reported. The vessels remained stuck together for several hours before being separated.

According to the IHS Markit ship tracking portal, the tanker underwent repairs and was en route to anchorage in Singapore, while Oceanline 5001 remains in Malaysia at Tanjung Bruas port inner berth. It is unknown whether the dredger is damaged and needed any repairs.

The Marine Department of Malaysia is currently carrying out an investigation into the incident.