Singapore MPA Reports 300 Tonne Bunker Spill off Malaysia

Wednesday January 4, 2017

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) Wednesday announced that a collision between two container ships off Pasir Gudang Port, Johor, Malaysia has resulted in a 300 tonne bunker spill.

While oil patches are noted to have been observed in Singapore, the spill is said to have been contained off the western side of Pulau Ubin since the collision.

MPA says it was notified by the Johor Port Authority (JPA) of the collision between the Singapore-flagged WAN HAI 301 and the Gibraltar-flagged APL DENVER on January 3.

"The Master of APL DENVER reported that one of her bunker tanks sustained damage resulting in approximately 300 tonnes of oil spillage," said MPA.

JPA is said to have deployed four anti-pollution vessels, as well as an oil boom around APL DENVER, in order to contain the spill.

MPA says it also activated eight anti-pollution craft with dispersant spraying capabilities to help clean up the pollution.

"There have been no reports of injury. Traffic in the East Johor Straits and Singapore's port operations remains unaffected," noted MPA.

MPA says that, as the flag state of WAN HAI 301, it will be investigating the cause of the collision.