Update: Singapore: Oil Tanker and Bulk Carrier Collide

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By MarEx 2015-01-03 04:58:20

A collision has occurred between the oil tanker Alyarmouk and the bulk carrier Sinar Kapuas north-east of Pedra Branca in Singapore.

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) received notification of the collision on January 2. 

The Libyan-registered Alyarmouk sustained damage to one of its cargo tanks, and an estimated 4,500 tons of Madura crude oil was spilled from the tanker.

Taking into account the weather and tidal currents, patches of oil may affect the northern parts of the island of Bintan. 

As part of standard operating procedures for joint oil spill combat in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore, MPA has notified the Malaysian and Indonesian Authorities.

Two oil spill response companies have been activated to combat the spill. The companies have 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, reports the MPA. There is no report of injury, and traffic in the port and the Strait of Singapore remains unaffected.

MPA is investigating the cause of the collision.