Update: Oil spill after ships collide

Date May 26, 2010


SINGAPORE – Crude oil was spilled off Singapore’s Changi coast after a Malaysian registered tanker collided with a bulk carrier on Tuesday morning, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore said.

The MPA said in a press release on Tuesday that the incident happened about 13 kilometres southeast of Changi East.

It said it received a report at about 6.10am that the MT Bunga Kelana 3 and a St Vincents and The Grenadines-registered carrier collided in the Singapore Straits. Both vessels are currently anchored there.

It also said that there was no report of injury to crew members. However, one of the cargo tanks on the tanker was damaged, resulting in 2,000 tonnes of oil spilled.

MPA added work is ongoing to contain and clean up the spill.

The tanker is owned by MISC subsidiary American Eagles.

Bernice Bong, Business Times Singapore 25 May 10

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