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Vessel collision causes oil spillage near Singapore

Vessel collision causes oil spillage near Singapore

Two container vessels have collided near Singapore resulting in a spillage of approximately 300 tonnes of oil.

The Singapore-registered container ship WAN HAI 301 and the Gibraltar-registered container ship APL Denver collided off Johor Port in Pasir Gudang, Malaysia, on the night of January 3, 2017.

One of the APL Denver’s bunker tanks was damaged in the incident, causing the spillage according to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).

An MPA statement noted that both traffic in the East Johor Straits and Singapore’s port operations remained unaffected by the incident, and no injuries were reported.

The MPA added that it will be investigating the cause of the collision as the flag state of WAN HAI 301.

The Johor Port Authority (JPA) made use of four anti-pollution craft on site and an oil boom around the ship to contain the spill.

In Singapore, where some oil patches were seen, the spillage was contained off the western side of Pulau Ubin, an island off eastern Singapore, with the MPA using eight anti-pollution craft featuring dispersant spraying capabilities to clean up.

Local media reported that both container vessels, which are in stable conditions, were berthed at Johor Port.

The Wan Hai 301 was reportedly going to Johor Port from Port Klang when it collided with the APL Denver.