Yes, that’s exactly what I tried to suggest in my previous posting
In this Youtube video posted by Mikey, also from a Singapore strait collision, the smaller ship is the overtaking ship, and sails too close to the ship being overtaken. (Overtaking ship to starboard, overtaken ship to port). When the stern of the overtaking ship is abeam of the bows of the bigger ship being overtaken, the very substantial hydrodynamic “cushion” there causes the faster, overtaking ship to veer sharply to port, thereby loosing speed and being rammed in her port quarter by the starboard side of the bows of the overtaken ship.
Bearing in mind that the Alnic MC was sailing with less than 10 knots, and bearing in mind the significantly higher cruising speed of the John S. McCain, and bearing in mind the geographical position of the accident, it is not unlikely that this was an overtaking situation, regulated by Colreg #13…
Rule 13 (Overtaking)
(a) Notwithstanding anything contained in the Rules of Part B, Sections I and II, any vessel overtaking any other shall keep out of the way of the vessel being overtaken.
(b) A vessel shall be deemed to be overtaking when coming up with another vessel from a direction more than 22.5° abaft her beam, that is, in such a position with reference to the vessel she is overtaking, that at night she would be able to see only the sternlight of that vessel but neither of her sidelights.
© When a vessel is in any doubt as to whether she is overtaking another, she shall assume that this is the case and act accordingly.
(d) Any subsequent alteration of the bearing between the two vessels shall not make the overtaking vessel a crossing vessel within the meaning of these Rules or relieve her of the duty of keeping clear of the overtaken vessel until she is finally past and clear.