No Major Pollution in Collision between Iranian Supertanker, Giant MSC Boxship

TEHRAN, Aug 07 (Shana) - Shahram Farahbod, National Iranian Tanker Company(NITC)'s legal claims manager said on Sunday that in collision between Iranian very large crude carrier and a large containership in the busy Singapore Strait late Wednesday night, both ships damaged but it caused no injuries or major environmental pollution.

The incident is under complete control and NITC lawyers are in talk with the insurance companies to compensate for the losses after passing the legal and technical procedure, Farahbod added.

According to dispatches, late on Wednesday night, the VLCC Dream II and the MSC Alexandra containership had collided in the Singapore Strait about 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) southeast of Sebarok Island.

The supertanker sustained damage to its bow in the collision. The MSC Alexandra took the hit at its port quarter, causing a giant hole and the loss of containers overboard. Both vessels are in stable condition and anchored in Singapore waters.

The 319,999 DWT Dream II (formerly named Danesh) is owned by Iran’s National Iranian Tanker Company and was built in 2008.

The MSC Alexandra is owned by Geneva, Switzerland-based Mediterranean Shipping Company and was built in 2010. The vessel has a TEU capacity of 13,998 and measures nearly 396 meters in length. AIS data shows the ship had just departed Singapore for Chiwan, China.

Both vessels are Panama-flagged.

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