Missing Passengers after a collision between LPG Tanker and a Passenger Ferry

By Accidents

I.M. Skaugen (IMSK) reported that earlier today (Sep 26, 2012) a ship managed by the company’s wholly owned subsidiary Norgas Carriers Private Limited of Singapore was involved in an accident off the coast of Indonesia.
IMSK’s subsidiary Norgas Carriers Private Limited activated an emergency response after the LPG tanker Norgas Cathinka, was collided with a Ro-Ro passenger ferry vessel near the port of Merak, Indonesia.
The accident took place in the Sunda Strait at 05.40 hours local time. The master of the LPG tanker has informed the crew members and ship are safe but that a number of passengers on the ferry are reported missing.
A crisis response team of the company from the Norgas Carriers’ Singapore office were instantly activated and they are now traveling to the collision scene.
The I.M. Skaugen Group has the customary and required P&I insurance (defense and indemnity insurance) for all its ships and for all its operations that covers against all third-party damages and any personnel harms.
The IMS Group has full cover for its Hull and Machinery issues. The Group doesn't have any “loss of hire insurance” with third party insurance companies.
Norgas Carriers Private Limited instantly offered its support in on-going search and rescue actions and the ship’s Master later reported that 119 passengers were rescued from the ferry.
The LPG tanker Norgas Cathinka, which is a Singapore registered chemical carrier, is now anchored in the vicinity and the ship’s master and crew members are assisting the local port authorities and police in their investigations.
The Master further reports that the ship sustained structural harms to its hull but there has been no ingress of water and there isn't any danger of sinking the ship.
The company has also confirmed that the LPG tanker Norgas Cathinka’s cargo of Propylene is safe and there isn't pollution or environmental damage from the tanker.
Norgas Carriers Private Limited continues to observe the situation closely, is co-operating with all authorities and has launched its own investigation into the accident.