Singapore clears oil spill off East Coast, Changi beaches

01 June 2010 05:22  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Most of the crude oil that spilled onto Singapore’s beaches from a damaged oil tanker off the eastern coast of the country has been cleared, a source from the city-state’s National Environment Agency said on Tuesday.

“Both the East Coast beach and Changi beach have been cleared of oil stains since Sunday…. No oil stains have been detected today,” the source said.

Containment and clean-up efforts were still ongoing following the collision on 25 May between Malaysian-registered oil tanker MV Bunga Kelana 3 and bulk carrier MV Waily, which is registered in St Vincents and The Grenadines, added the source.

MV Bunga Kelana 3 spilled about 2,500 tonnes of Bintulu light crude into Singapore waters following the collision.

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said earlier on Monday that there had been no report of oil patches in the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) of the Singapore Strait since 31 May.

However, the possibility of small isolated patches of oil with debris surfacing remains, the MPA said in a statement.

“The MPA will continue to monitor the waters closely and carry out necessary clean up efforts,” it said.

Traffic in the TSS of the Singapore Strait remains unaffected, it added.

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By: Nurluqman Suratman

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