Marine Dept investigating container ship-tanker collision off Batu Pahat

The damage caused to the two ships that collided in waters near Batu Pahat. – Sinar Harian

JOHOR BARU: The Marine Department has set up a team to investigate the collision involving the container ship MV GSL Grania and tanker MT Zephyr I in the waters off Batu Pahat on Tuesday (Sept 27).

The department said it would continue to monitor the condition of the Liberia-registered container ship and Panama-registered tanker to ensure the situation is under control.

In a statement Wednesday (Sept 28), the department said both vessels had been ordered to anchor in a safe place for damage verification and further investigations.

"We have also taken steps to issue navigational telex (Navtex) to warn other vessels in the area or nearby routes about the current situation to enable them to take precautionary measures," it said.

A preliminary investigation found that the MT Zephyr I, which was on its way to Yantai, China, had lost control due to a steering system failure, causing it to swerve to the left and hit the starboard quarter of the MV GSL Grania, which was on its way to the Port of Tanjung Pelepas, Gelang Patah.

As a result of the collision, the MV GSL Grania's starboard quarter was damaged, while MT Zephyr sustained damage to its bow.

However, there were no reports of leaks and oil spills.

"We also want to advise the public not to spread any false news and cause confusion to the public," it said. – Bernama

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