International Business & Economy Two container ships collide off Johor, spilling about 300 tonnes of oil

Two container ships collide off Johor, spilling about 300 tonnes of oil

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Two container vessels collided off the Pasir Gudang Port in Johor on Tuesday (3 Jan) night, resulting in an oil spill. The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said that it was notified by the Johor Port Authority (JPA) of a collision between Singapore-registered container vessel WAN HAI 301 and a Gibraltar-registered container vessel APL DENVER off Pasir Gudang Port, at about 11.50pm.

The Master of APL DENVER reported that one of her bunker tanks sustained damage resulting in approximately 300 tonnes of oil spillage. JPA has deployed four anti-pollution craft on site and an oil boom around APL DENVER to contain the oil spill.

In Singapore, some oil patches were spotted and the spillage has been contained off the western side of Pulau Ubin. MPA has activated a total of eight anti-pollution craft with dispersant spraying capabilities to clean up the spilled oil.

There have been no reports of injury. Traffic in the East Johor Straits and Singapore’s port operations remains unaffected.

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MPA as the flag state of WAN HAI 301 will also be investigating the cause of the collision.

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