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Oil spill off Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal: MPA

SINGAPORE — The Marime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has said that it has dispatched patrol craft and anti-pollution craft to clean up an oil spill off the east coast.

MPA's patrol craft MPA III spraying dispersant at the incident site with Oriental Pioneer in the background on the right. Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

MPA's patrol craft MPA III spraying dispersant at the incident site with Oriental Pioneer in the background on the right. Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

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SINGAPORE — The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has said that it has dispatched 10 patrol boats and anti-pollution craft to clean up an oil spill off the east coast today (July 2). In a statement on its website, the MPA said that a collision occurred between South Korean-registered bulk carrier Oriental Pioneer and Bahamas-registered bulk carrier Atlantic Hero at about 5.30am, roughly 6.6km south-west of the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal. Approximately 100 metric tonnes of fuel oil was spilled, with one of the Oriental Pioneer’s bunker tanks damaged. The MPA said that it dispatched its patrol boats and also activated oil spill response companies upon notification of the collision, and that it is coordinating the clean-up with other government agencies and the ship owners in the continuing clean-up work. The two vessels involved in the collision are safely anchored in the Eastern Bunkering Anchorages and the cause of the collision is being investigated. The MPA has issued navigational broadcasts to ships to navigate with caution when in the vicinity of the spill. Traffic in the port and the Strait of Singapore is unaffected and there is no report of injury, the MPA said, adding that port operations have also remain unaffected. More on major oil spills in Singapore history: http://tdy.sg/1b46Gma

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