Shipping traffic at one of the worlds busiest channels, the Malacca Strait, situated between Malaysia and Indonesian islands, could face major disruptions following a collision between a naptha tanker and a cargo ship.
The tanker caught fire after the impact late on Tuesday 18 August. Latest reports confirm nine crew members from the vessel are still missing.
Malaysian authorities have responded to the incident in a bid to rescue missing crew members and contain a possible oil spill.
The tanker was carrying around 58,000 tonnes of naphtha. The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) said there was no immediate danger of an oil spill from the tanker, and shipping in the busy waterway was not disrupted.
The tanker has been towed to the edge of international shipping lanes offshore Malaysia's Port Dickson and all vessels in the area have been alerted.
The bulk carrier was reported to have sustained slight damage and continued on its journey to Singapore.
Malaysia's Marine Department, the police's Marine Operations Force, Fire and Rescue Department and MMEA have all participated in rescue and spillage containment efforts.