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Tue 25 May 2010

Ship collision and oil spill in the Singapore Strait

Category : marine

In 1997, the oil tanker Evoikos and he very large crude carrier Orapin Global collided in the Singapore Strait, resulting in the worst oil spill of Singapore's history spill of 28, 500 tonnes of heavy marine fuel oil form the Evoikos.

In 2000, the oil tanker Natuna Sea went aground at Batu Berhanti Reef in Indonesian waters (8km south of Sentosa Island) spilling 7,000 tonnes of Nile Blend crude oil.

In 2004, cargo ship MV Hyundai No. 105 collided with oil tanker MT Kaminesan in the Singapore Strait, six km south-east of Sentosa. The MT Kaminesan was carrying a large load of crude oil but fortunately this did not result in a spill.

This morning (0605h), the tanker MT Bunga Kelana 3 collided with bulk carrier MV Waily at about 6.10am in the Singapore Strait, 13km south-east of Changi East. The spill from MT Bunga Kelana 3 is estimated to be in the region of 2,000 tonnes of crude oil.

"MPA activated oil spill response companies which have deployed three craft equipped with oil spill equipment. Work is ongoing to contain and clean up the oil spill." [MPA News Release, 25 May 2010]

WildSingapore has the full MPA report and media coverage. A facebook page has been setup to monitor news and observations, "Singapore Changi East Oil Spill (25 May 2010)."

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