According to Singapore authorities, a high-speed ferry operating between Singapore and Batan was evacuated after experiencing an engine room fire, on 5th May 2023.
s informed, MPA, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), and Police Coast Guard (PCG) immediately deployed their crafts to provide assistance. MPA also deployed a tug boat to provide assistance and tow the ferry.
All 62 passengers, including Singaporeans, Malaysians and Indonesians, among others, on the ferry ‘QUEEN STAR 2’ have been safely transferred to another vessel ‘MERBAU ERA’ which was on the way to Harbourfront Ferry Terminal. ‘MERBAU ERA’ then headed to Batam and has arrived safely with the 62 passengers in Batam.
As explained, the fire onboard ‘QUEEN STAR 2’ was put out by the 6 crew members who remained onboard the ferry prior to SCDF’s arrival. SCDF fire fighters were also onboard the ferry to ensure that the fire had been completely extinguished.
In addition, MPA had issued navigational broadcasts to ships to stay clear of the incident site.