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Iranian Supertanker Collides With Giant MSC Boxship in Singapore Strait


  • 11:28 (Friday, August 05, 2016)
  • TEHRAN, Aug 5 (Shana) – An Iranian Very Large Crude Carrier and a large containership collided in the busy Singapore Strait late Wednesday night, causing damage to both ships but luckily no injuries or reports of major pollution.
  • The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore says it was notified just before midnight that the VLCC Dream II and the MSC Alexandra containership had collided in the Singapore Strait about 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) southeast of Sebarok Island.
    The Dream II is owned by Iran’s state-owned National Iranian Tanker Company.
    The supertanker sustained damage to its bow in the collision. The MSC Alexandra took the hit at its port quarter, causing a giant hole and the loss of containers overboard. Both vessels are in stable condition and anchored in Singapore waters, the MPA said.
    The MPA said that prior to the collision its Port Operations Control Centre alerted the Masters of both vessels of the risk of collision.
    MSC Alexandra reported that 10 empty containers fell overboard during the incident, including four which fell onto the deck of VLCC. The MPA said it immediately issued navigation broadcast to warn vessels of the presence of floating containers in the vicinity of the incident site, while deploying survey and salvage teams to recover the containers.
    There were no injuries or oil pollution reported.
    The 319,999 DWT Dream II (formerly named Danesh) is owned by Iran’s National Iranian Tanker Company and was built in 2008.
    The MSC Alexandra is owned by Geneva, Switzerland-based Mediterranean Shipping Company and was built in 2010. The vessel has a TEU capacity of 13,998 and measures nearly 396 meters in length. AIS data shows the ship had just departed Singapore for Chiwan, China.
    Both vessels are Panama-flagged.

Oil Derivatives’ Exports Via Shahid Rajaie Port Up by 62%


  • 09:52 (Wednesday, July 20, 2016)
  • TEHRAN, July 20 (Shana) – Director General of Hormuzgan Ports and Shipping Office Ebrahim Idani said on Tuesday that export of oil derivatives from Shahid Rajaie Port in the first quarter of the Iranian calendar year of 1395 (started on March 21) rose by 62 percent.
  • Idani said in the period under study, 19,916,136 tons of oil and non-oil commodities were loaded or offloaded, showing 34 percent increase in the period under study.

    He said 7,299,687 tons out of the total bulk of imports or experts were oil derivatives, showing 27 percent increase.

    He added that 2,128,040 tons of oil derivatives were exported from the port, showing 62 percent increase.

    The official said in the period, 1,033,288 tons of  oil derivatives were imported to the country through the port and 41,641 tons of such goods were transited.