An oil slick from a tanker involved in a collision with a bulk carrier in the Singapore Strait has not affected the city-state’s coastline, the Marine and Port Authority (MPA) said on Wednesday.
Crude from the tanker MT Bunga Kelana 3 is being transferred out of the vessel after the collision a day ago, spilling some 2,500 tonnes of light crude oil, the shipowner said earlier.
“The waters in our anchorages and the Traffic Separation Scheme south of Changi were reported to be clean,” Singapore’s MPA said in a statement, though small patches of oil and sheen were sighted off Singapore’s east coast and close to southern Malaysia where the accident happened.
“Six response craft equipped with dispersants were on site to manage the oil and sheen,” it said.
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“Fifteen craft and more than 120 personnel were deployed as part of the containment and clean up efforts. 3,300 metres of containment booms are being used to contain the oil slick,” it said, adding that clean-up work continues.
MPA had said that traffic along the strait, Asia’s busiest shipping lane, remained unaffected.
The incident caused significant damage to the vessel’s hull and resulted in a spill of Bintulu light crude oil that is now being cleaned up by specialists, shipowner AET Tanker Holdings said.
“AET is also cooperating fully with Malaysian authorities in readiness of possible clean-up operations along the south eastern coast of Peninsular Malaysia,” said the firm, a unit of Malaysian transport company MISC Bhd. Shares in the company fell more than 3 percent on Wednesday.
The Malaysian flagged aframax was carrying about 62,000 tonnes of light crude when it was involved in the collision with the MV Waily, a bulk carrier registered in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
The spill, equivalent to about 18,000 barrels, is dwarfed by the 175,000 barrels of oil that has poured into the Gulf of Mexico since the April 20 offshore explosion that sank the Deepwater Horizon rig.
Singapore’s environment agency said that the public had complained of an oil smell but it had not detected toxic chemicals in the air.
(Writing by Ramthan Hussain, additional reporting by Seng Li Peng in SINGAPORE and Kuala Lumpur Bureau; Editing by Ed Lane)