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Prime mover driver dies after vehicle plunges into sea off Singapore port

The driver of a prime mover was killed after his vehicle fell into waters off Singapore’s Keppel Terminal this morning (31 January).

The Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) of Singapore said in a press statement that at 2 am (local time) today, the Marine Safety Control Centre was alerted to the mishap.

Keppel, along with Tanjong Pagar and Brani, are the remaining container terminals in Singapore’s downtown, but these are scheduled to close after 2040, as the city-state eventually shifts container handling to a new mega-port in the industrial estate of Tuas.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force said that the prime mover, which was attached to a container trailer, had fallen into the sea and was fully submerged 14 metres underwater. Its divers retrieved the driver from the vehicle, but the latter was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene.

MPA and the police are investigating the cause of the accident.

Martina Li
Asia Correspondent

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