Tanker burned and sank after explosion, 6 crew missing, Singapore Strait

Chemical tanker PUTRI SEA or AQUARIUS reported sank after explosion and fire on June 14 in position 4.6 nm southwest of Tanjung Pengelih, Malaysia, eastern Singapore Strait. Tanker loaded with fuel was reported to Singapore CG as missing by its’ Singaporean agent, Singapore contacted Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), which sent patrol boat, but didn’t find tanker. It was reported later, that tanker was on fire after explosion, 6 crew missing. Local officials and media identify tanker as MT PUTRI SEA, MMEA mentioned IMO number, which is 8319160, belonging to a small Malaysia-flagged tanker AQUARIUS. Most probably (if MMEA was correct with IMO No.), vessel changed name and flag, latest AIS dated morning June 14, southwest of Tanjung Pengelih. All crew are Indonesians. SAR is under way.

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