Chairman of Danish Pilots: Thorco Cloud had right of way

Not withstanding special rules in the Singapore Strait and imprecise information about the minutes leading up to the severe Thorco Cloud collision, the Danish-controlled vessel had the law on its side, the chairman of Danish Pilots, Bjarne Cæsar Jensen, tells ShippingWatch.

According to standard Maritime Collision Regulations, the Thorco Cloud had right of way when the ship was rammed violently port side by tanker vessel Stolt Commitment in the Singapore Strait on December 16 around 8 pm CET, explains Bjarne Cæsar Jensen, pilot at Danpilot and chairman of association Danish Pilots, who has on ShippingWatch's request studied news agency Reuters' animation and visual depiction of the two vessels' sailing and routes ahead of the dramatic collision.

The collision resulted in a tragedy after which six Philippine seafarers from the Thorco Cloud remain missing, while another six seafarers were rescued, including the ship's Ukrainian captain.

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