Dhaka, Wed, 19 Sep, 2018

Edited By: Musa Ahmed

Desk Editor (English)

USS John S McCain clashes with tanker in Singapore

21 Aug, 2017 19:20:00

The destroyer sustained damage on its port side but led to the port on its own. The tanker it collided with, sustained damage to a tank at the front above the waterline. However, none of its crew was wounded and there are no reports of any oil spill.

Ten US Navy sailors are missing and five wounded after the USS John S McCain collided with an oil tanker early Monday morning, east of Singapore and the Strait of Malacca. This is the second accident involving a ship from the US Navy’s 7th Fleet, in the Pacific, in two months.

The guided-missile destroyer was on its way to Singapore on a routine port visit when it collided with the 83-meter (600-foot) Alnic MC, an oil and chemical tanker at 5.24 am. Out of the five injured soldiers, four were evacuated by a Singaporean navy helicopter to a hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, while the fifth did not ask for further medical attention.

The destroyer sustained damage on its port side but led to the port on its own. The tanker it collided with, sustained damage to a tank at the front above the waterline. However, none of its crew was wounded and there are no reports of any oil spill. The tanker is also making its way to Singapore. According to Reuters, the ship was carrying nearly 12,000 tonnes of oil from Taiwan to Singapore.

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