Two container ships collide off Johor

Jan 4, 2017

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Two container vessels collided off the Pasir Gudang Port on Tuesday night, resulting in an oil spill.

Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said it was notified by the Johor Port Authority (JPA) of a collision between Singapore-registered container vessel Wan Hai 301 and Gibraltar-registered container vessel APL Denver which occurred at about 11.50pm on Tuesday.

In a statement, MPA said the master of APL Denver reported that one of the vessel’s bunker tanks sustained damage, causing a spillage of about 300 tonnes of oil, NST online reported.

“JPA has deployed four anti-pollution crafts on site and an oil boom around the vessel 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.

“We have activated a total of eight anti-pollution craft with dispersant spraying capabilities to clean up the spilled oil,” said MPA. It said there were no reports of injury and traffic in eastern Johor Straits and Singapore‚Äôs port operations remains unaffected.

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