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Oil Spill Following Ship Collision at Temasek Fairway

Published Nov 19, 2012 10:39 AM by The Maritime Executive

Update:

Efforts to contain and clean up the oil spill following the collision between Hong Kong-registered bulk carrier "Sunny Horizon" and Korean-registered Liquefied Petroleum Gas carrier "DL Salvia" continued today.

There has been no further spillage of bunker from "DL Salvia". As a precautionary measure, an oil boom has been deployed around the vessel. Bio-degradable oil dispersants were used yesterday and today to break up the oil slick in the waters. In total, 9 craft and more than 46 personnel have been deployed as part of the containment and clean up efforts.

Some patches of treated oil were sighted today at the reclamation sites at the western part of Jurong Island and Tuas View Extension, and at a rock bund at Sultan Shoal. MPA is working with JTC Corporation and the National Environment Agency on the land-based clean up efforts.

Vessel traffic in the Port of Singapore and port operations remain unaffected.

Photo (thumb): Korean-registered Liquefied Petroleum Gas carrier, DL Salvia. [Credit: http://www.vesseltracker.com]

Members of the public can contact MPA's 24-hours Marine Safety Control Centre at 6325 2489 to report any sighting of oil slick in waters or coastlines.

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At about 1400hrs on 9 September (Singapore time), the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) received a report that a Hong Kong-registered bulk carrier "Sunny Horizon", collided with a Korean-registered Liquefied Petroleum Gas carrier "DL Salvia" at the Temasek Fairway, about 700 metres east of Sultan Shoal. The bunker tank on "DL Salvia" was breached and less than 60 metric tonnes of bunker was spilled. The area of spill is concentrated within Temasek Fairway.

Upon notification, MPA immediately dispatched its patrol craft to deal with the oil spill. Oil spill response companies were also activated to augment the patrol craft. A total of seven patrol and anti-pollution craft have been deployed to clean up the spilled oil.Work is currently continuing and MPA is co-ordinating the clean up with other government agencies and the ship owners.

The two vessels involved in the collision are currently safely anchored in the West Jurong anchorage. MPA has issued navigational broadcasts to ships to navigate with caution when in the vicinity of the incident site. There is no report of injury and port operations remain unaffected.

MPA is investigating the cause of the collision.

Source: http://www.mpa.gov.sg