80 Tons of Fuel Oil Spilled Off Singapore After Ships Collide

HAMMONIA AFRICUM, sister vessel to the Hammonia Thracium, image courtesy Hammonia Reederei
HAMMONIA AFRICUM, sister vessel to the Hammonia Thracium, image courtesy Hammonia Reederei

80 tons of fuel oil spilled into the already dirty waters around Singapore today after the Liberia-flagged containership “Hammonia Thracium” and the Panama-flagged chemical tanker “Zoey” collided in the Singapore Strait.

Prior to the incident, Singapore’s Maritime Port Authority (MPA) Operations Control Centre notes that they had provided traffic information to the two vessels and alerted Zoey that the vessel Hammonia Thracium was crossing the traffic lane.

Hammonia Thracium reported that one of her bunker tanks sustained damage, resulting in spillage of some 80 metric tons of bunker fuel.

MPA immediately dispatched four patrol craft to begin the oil spill response efforts and the two vessels are currently in stable condition outside of Singapore’s port limits.

There is no report of injury, and port operations remain unaffected while the investigation into the incident begins.

The 2.,959 TEU containership  Hammonia Thracium is owned by Hammonia Reederei and was built in 1997 by Hyundai Heavy Industries.

Today’s incident follows two oil spills in late January following two separate collisions south of Jurong Island and off Marina South on January 29 and 30, respectively.