Bulk carrier collision causes fuel oil spill in Singapore

02 July 2013 10:31  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Singapore maritime authorities are cleaning up about 100 tonnes of fuel oil that was spilled off the city state’s coast following a collision between two bulk carriers early on Tuesday, the Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) said in a statement.

No-one was injured, and port operations and traffic in the Strait of Singapore are unaffected, it said.

The leakage happened after a bunker tank on South Korean-registered Oriental Pioneer was damaged in a collision with Bahamas-registered Atlantic Hero, according to the authority.

“A total of 10 patrol and anti-pollution craft have been deployed to clean up the spilled oil. Work is currently continuing and the MPA is co-ordinating the clean-up with other government agencies and the ship owners,” the authority said.

The two vessels involved in the collision are currently safely anchored, the MPA added.

By: Nurluqman Suratman

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