Two Collisions, Two Spills in Singapore

Ships anchor outside the harbour as they wait to berth at a port terminal, near the skydeck of the Marina Bay Sands hotel and casino, in Singapore. Picture taken July 17, 2013. REUTERS/Edgar Su
Ships at anchor near the Port of Singapore. Picture taken July 17, 2013. REUTERS/Edgar Su

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore is coordinating the containment and clean-up of two oil spills following two separate collisions south of Jurong Island and off Marina South on January 29 and 30, respectively.

MPA reports that the first collision occurred on Wednesday between the departing Hong Kong-flagged chemical tanker, “Lime Galaxy”, and the arriving Chinese-flagged containership, “Feihe”, about 1.6 miles south of Jurong Island. Feihe reported that one of her bunker tanks sustained damage, resulting in some spillage. An update from the MPA said that total of 10 craft from MPA and oil spill response companies responded following the incident. The MPA said that the Port Operations Control Centre attempted to alert the two vessels of their converging courses prior to the collision.

The second collision occurred Thursday when the Panama-flagged containership, “NYK Themis”, collided with a barge being towed by the tug “AZ Carnation” about 2.5 south of Marina South. NYK Themis reported that one of her bunker tanks sustained damage, resulting in some spillage of bunker fuel. The MPA said that prior to the incident, the Port Operations Control Centre informed NYK Themis of the presence of AZ Fuzhou in the fairway.

A combined total of 20 craft from MPA and oil spill response companies have been deployed for the two clean-up efforts.

The four vessels are currently safely anchored and in stable condition and there is no report of injury.