Malaysia coastguard says damaged tanker has 10m gash

Date May 26, 2010

KUALA LUMPUR, May 25 (Reuters) – A tanker and a bulk carrier collided in Malaysian waters off Singapore on Tuesday at 6.05 a.m. (2200 GMT on Monday), Malaysian coast guard officials said.

They said the collision between the two ships –identified as tanker Bunga Kelana 3, and the MT Waily — led to an oilspill.

“The collision caused a 10-metre (yard) tear in the left side of the tanker and 2,000 metric tonnes of crude oil has spilled into the sea where the collision occured,” Commander Abdul Hadib bin Abdul Wahab told Reuters.

Malaysia’s largest shipping company MISC a unit of state-run oil company Petronas, lists the Bunga Kelana 3 as an Aframax class tanker built in 1998 with a dead-weight-tonnage of 105,784 on its website (

The tanker is owned by MISC subsidiary American Eagles.

Reporting by Razak Ahmad; Editing by Jerry Norton
Forexyard 25 May 10

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