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Vessels collided while proceeding on intersection courses, STOLT COMMITMENT left Singapore for Kaohsiung and was sailing in traffic separation zone in northeast direction, THORCO CLOUD was en route from Batu Ampar Indonesia to Durban SAR, and at the time of collision was sailing in northwest direction entering traffic separation zone.
According to all available information, tanker struck freighter’s broadside. THORCO CLOUD with 12 crew and cargo of steel sank, 6 crew were rescued, 6 went missing, SAR underway. Tanker said to suffer slight damages, at 0400 UTC Dec 17 she was at anchor near collision site.
Video representation of STOLT COMMINTMENT collision with general cargo ship THORCO CLOUD:
The STOLT COMMITMENT is 37438-dwt product tanker, built 2000, sailing under the Cayman Islands flag. The vessel is managed by STOLT TANKERS BV.
The THORCO CLOUD 10385-dwt general cargo ship, built 2004, sailing under the flag of Antigua. The vessel is managed by THOR SHIPPING AS, Denmark.
Source: Maritime Bulletin