Oil Spill Clean Up Operation Continues off Singapore

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) reported that the clean up operation of the oil spill arising from a collision between the South Korean-registered bulk carrier, Oriental Pioneer, and the Bahamas-registered bulk carrier, Atlantic Hero is continuing.

"Nine craft have been deployed today for surveillance, containment and recovery. As of 1700 hours (local time July 3), no significant patches of oil were sighted in the affected waters. However, some oil stains were found earlier today along the rock bunds and sandy shoreline near Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal. The National Environment Agency is coordinating cleaning efforts along these affected areas," the MPA said in a press release.

Meanwhile, vessel traffic in the Strait of Singapore and port waters remain unaffected. Port operations are also not affected.

The collision between Oriental Pioneer and Atlantic Hero occurred about 4 miles (6.6 kilometers) south-west of Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal at 0530 hours (local time) July 2. Prior to the collision, MPA's Port Operations Control Centre had provided information and issued warnings to the vessels when they were about 1.5 nautical miles (about 2.8 kilometers) apart. The ships were also in communication with each other.

MPA is investigating the cause of the collision.


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