Crews Battle Oil Spill After Ships Collide Off Singapore

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MT Alyarmouk, Image (c) J B/MarineTraffic.com

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) reports today the Libyan-flagged crude oil tanker Alyarmouk and Singapore-flagged bulk carrier Sinar Kapuas collided 11 nautical miles north-east of Pedra Branca island in the South China Sea at around 0600 this morning.

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Pedra Branca, image via Government of Singapore

There were no injuries from the collision however upwards of 4500 tons of crude oil spilled into the sea from the Alyarmouk according to V. Ships UK, the ship manager.  The Alyarmouk is owned by Libya’s General National Maritime Transport Co. and was built in 2008.

MPA says two oil spill response companies have been activated to combat the resultant spill and have since deployed four craft equipped with dispersants, oil booms and skimmers to the site.

The two vessels involved in the collision are currently safely anchored and in stable condition.

Alyarmouk was en route from Tanjung Pelapas, Malaysia to China, and Sinar Kapuas from Hong Kong to Singapore, when the incident occurred.