“Good progress” made in containing oil spillage after recent collisions

Published: 8:33 PM, January 30, 2014

SINGAPORE - Two incidents of ship collisions within 24 hours have resulted in oil spills around Singapore waters, but the Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) said “good progress” has been made in coordinating containment and clean-up efforts.

The first incident occurred on Wednesday evening, between a Hong Kong-flagged chemical tanker and a China-flagged container ship.

Lime Galaxy collided with Feihe about 2.7 kilometres south of Jurong Island at 6.30pm on Wednesday. The Chinese vessel sustained damage to a bunker tank, resulting in some spillage of its bunker fuel. MPA said there has been no further spillage of bunker fuel from Feihe.

Another oil spill occurred early Thursday morning when Panama-flagged container ship NYK Themis collided into a barge, AZ Fuzhou, at the East Keppel Fairway, about 4 kilometres away from Marina South. MPA said it was informed of the collision at about 4am on Thursday.

The NYK Themis said one of its bunker tanks was damaged, resulting in some spillage of bunker fuel. MPA said it has deployed 20 craft and sent oil spill response companies to deal with the spill.

Containment booms were used to contain and prevent oil patches from hitting the coastlines. MPA has advised the public not to be alarmed if patches of oil are spotted around the Southern Islands.

Meanwhile the four vessels involved in the collisions have been safely anchored. No injuries have been reported. CHANNEL NEWSASIA