Sunday, July 11: Bulker Galapagos collided with the boxship Zephyr Lumos in the Strait of Malacca, off the coast of Muar port. The midnight accident badly wrecked the Galapagos.
According to Adm. Nurul Hizam Zakaria (Head of Agency, Johor district), the Malaysian Coast Guard at 3 minutes past 0000 hours received a distress call detailing a collision from Zephyr Lumos. Following this, the Indonesia National Search and Relief Agency (Basarnas) shortly received a prevailing second distress call. The Malaysian Navy soon deployed manned assets, after the coast guard reached out, to calm the disaster scene.
The Zephyr Lumos crashed into the starboard side amidships of the Galapagos, creating a laceration in the vessel's hull. Snaps taken by the early responders visualized a mild starboard roster in the wake of the collision.
"The Malta-registered MV Galapagos was reported to be experiencing a steering system failure, forcing it to move to the right [starboard] as the UK-registered Zephyr Lumos was overtaking it," Zakaria added in a statement.
No casualties or any sort of injuries were reported. However, the agency sighted an oil spill by the end of the day, as photos clicked after dawn showed a gleam on the water. Both the Malaysian Marine Department and the Department of Environment are thoroughly investigating the collision. Vessels are under detention regarding the gesture of an unresolved outcome.