The general cargo ship Heng Star collided with passenger ferry Sindo Empress in Singapore Strait off Sekupang, Indonesia. The both ships were proceeded in crossing routes, as ferry was en route from Singapore to Sekupang, while the general cargo ship Heng Star was en route from Singapore to Surabaya, Indonesia. The collision happened due to mistake of the duty officers and violation of ColReg. The ferry Sindo Empress suffered dents and scratches, but remained afloat, while general cargo ship Heng Star remained almost unharmed. During the accident on board of the ferry there were 74 passengers and all were evacuated and transported to the mainland. Two of the passengers from ferry Sindo Empress were slightly injured, but after medical examination were released to return home.
The local authorities started investigation of the accident. It is unclear what were circumstances, which lead to the collision and shipping accident. The ferry Sindo Empress suffered damages and remained anchored in Singapore Strait until further repairs and survey. The general cargo ship Heng Star was inspected and released to resume voyage. Fortunately during the collision both ships remained afloat, without serious injuries from the people on board and without causing water pollution.
The general cargo ship Heng Star (IMO: 8104008) has overall length of 76.20 m, moulded beam of 12.00 m and maximum draft of 3.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 2,599 DWT and the gross tonnage is 1,491 GRT. The ship is managed and operated by Karya Dumai Harapan.
The ferry Sindo Empress (IMO: 9070876) has overall length of 32.00 m, moulded beam of 7.00 m and maximum draft of 2.00 m. The deadweight of the ship is 100 DWt and the gross tonnage is 190 GRT.