Update 4 - Collision Of US Guided-missile Destroyer USS JOHN S MCCAIN And Tanker ALNIC MC In Singapore Waters

24 August 2017

Update 4 - Collision of US Guided-missile Destroyer USS JOHN S MCCAIN and Tanker ALNIC MC in Singapore Waters
                                      Search and rescue operations suspended, recovery efforts to focus on US vessel

     With the announcement by the US Navy to focus on search and recovery efforts on USS JOHN S MCCAIN for the missing sailors, Singapore has decided to suspend the multi-agency search and rescue operation from 2100 hrs on 24 August 2017. Singapore will continue to support the US Navy in their search on USS JOHN S MCCAIN.

2. The Singapore-coordinated search and rescue efforts with the US, Indonesia, Malaysia and Australia covered 5524 km2 and involved more than 300 personnel from various Singapore agencies over the past four days.

3. Mr Andrew Tan, Chief Executive of Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said, “As the co-ordinating agency for the four-day search and rescue efforts, MPA thanks all personnel from participating nations who worked tirelessly with the Singapore agencies to assist the US Navy. We would like to express our condolences to the families and loved ones of the deceased US Navy crew, and wish the injured crew speedy recovery.”

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The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) was established on 2 February 1996, with the mission to develop Singapore as a premier global hub port and international maritime centre (IMC), and to advance and safeguard Singapore's strategic maritime interests. MPA is the driving force behind Singapore's port and maritime development, taking on the roles of Port Authority, Port Regulator, Port Planner, IMC Champion, and National Maritime Representative. MPA partners the industry and other agencies to enhance safety, security and environmental protection in our port waters, facilitate port operations and growth, expand the cluster of maritime ancillary services, and promote maritime R&D and manpower development.