2 Crew missing after Tanker collides with tug in Singapore Strait: Tug capsized

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…As BW LPG, NBP Pick Goltens to Retrofit 37 Vessels with BWTS***

Product tanker SHUN SHENG collided with tug KOI 3, towing sand barge, at around 0500 Singapore time Feb 7 in Singapore Strait in vicinity 01 10N 103 42E, west of Senang island.

Tug capsized, of 6 crew on board 4 were rescued, 2 went missing, SAR under way. Tanker was transiting Singapore Strait en route from Hong Kong to Lumut, Malaysia, western Malacca Strait. 

According to track and given collision position, SHUN SHENG didn’t stop after collision and continued sailing. She turned back at around 1300 Singapore Time, most probably ordered to do so by Singapore Traffic Control or other Maritime Authorities. 

In the meantime, Shipping companies BW LPG and NYK Bulk & Projects Carrier (NBP) have awarded contracts to Goltens’ Worldwide Green Technologies Division Asia for retrofitting a total of 37 vessels with ballast water treatment systems (BWTS).

The first company, Tokyo-based NBP, will equip 25 of its bulk carriers with BWT systems.

The scope of the contract with Goltens includes 3D laser scanning and modeling of BWT systems, delivery of detailed design packages, and installation supervision in the shipyard, Goltens said.

What is more, Singapore-based owner and operator of LPG carriers BW LPG awarded orders for retrofitting twelve of its LPG carriers.

NBP, a subsidiary of Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK), Japan’s largest shipping company, has a fleet of ocean carriers of project cargo, heavy lift cargo, steel products and bulk cargo. In addition, BW LPG is said to own and operate the world’s largest fleet of very large gas carriers (VLGCs).

As informed by Goltens, work has already commenced on both contracts.

“These are significant orders for Goltens, and we appreciate the confidence both NBP and BW have shown in our capabilities,” Sandeep Seth, Goltens Vice President for Asia, said.

With the Ballast Water Convention in effect and emissions regulations coming into force in January 2020, Seth reports a marked increase in response from owners and operators.

Goltens Green Technologies has now completed or is in the process of completing 435 ballast water retrofit projects around the globe, ranging in scope from 3D scanning and modeling to turnkey installations of systems.

Goltens also reports a strong orderbook, with over 100 additional BWT systems contracted.

Fleetmon with additional report from World Maritime News