Statement by Sembcorp Marine (follow-up)
Sembcorp Marine Ltd wishes to announce that the bodies of the 3 employees of Jurong Marine Services Pte Ltd who died when the tug boat they were in capsized and sank in Yangtze river, Jinjiang, China, are expected to be brought back to Singapore and Batam sometime this week. They were witnessing the sea trial of the tug boat when the accident happened.
Jurong Marine Services Pte Ltd has a charter contract with a Singapore company Harbour Maritime Services Pte Ltd to charter the tug boat. The tug boat was commissioned to be constructed by Bengbu Shenzhou Machinery Co., Ltd in China (“Bengbu Shipyard”) by a company related to Harbour Maritime Services Pte Ltd.
Jurong Marine Services Pte Ltd employees went to witness the sea trial of the tug boat as part of the project monitoring. The employees, Assistant Manager Baginda Ali Bin Zainul Abidin (aged 53 years), Chief Engineer Aif Rifadi (aged 41 years) and Operations Executive Bernard Chung Wai Kian (aged 27 years) were deployed to witness the sea trial. Mr. Baginda Ali and Mr. Chung are Singaporeans, while Mr Rifadi is Indonesian.
In the ordinary course of events, if such a trial was successful, Harbour Maritime Services Pte Ltd would take delivery from the shipyard and then deliver the tug boat to Singapore where Jurong Marine Services Pte Ltd will perform inspections before acceptance of the charter.
During the sea trial by the shipyard in China, the tugboat capsized and 22 people died including the 3 Jurong Marine Services Pte Ltd employees present on board. Investigations by the Chinese maritime authorities are ongoing and Jurong Marine Services Pte Ltd is monitoring the progress.
Jurong Marine Services Pte Ltd will extend its fullest support and offer every form of assistance to the bereaved families. At the meantime, Jurong Marine Services Pte Ltd has also engaged a professional counsellor to offer counselling services to employees who may be affected by the incident.