Singapore-registered ship involved in collision off Johor port

Channel NewsAsia 4 Jan 17;

SINGAPORE: A collision between a Singapore-registered container vessel and a Gibraltar-registered container vessel off Pasir Gudang Port, Johor Malaysia on Tuesday (Jan 3) resulted in about 300 tonnes of oil spillage in the surrounding waters, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said on Wednesday.

In a press release, MPA said it was notified of the collision between Singapore-registered container vessel WAN HAI 301 and Gibraltar-registered container vessel APL DENVER by the Johor Port Authority (JPA) at about 11.50pm on Tuesday.

There have been no reports of injury and traffic in the East Johor Straits and Singapore’s port operations remains unaffected, the Singapore authority said.

According to MPA, APL DENVER's ship master reported that one of the ship's bunker tanks had sustained damage resulting in about 300 tonnes of oil spillage.

JPA has deployed four anti-pollution craft on site and an oil boom around APL DENVER to contain the oil spill.

In Singapore, some oil patches were spotted and the spillage has been contained off the western side of Pulau Ubin, MPA said, adding that it has activated eight anti-pollution craft with dispersant spraying capabilities to clean up the spilled oil.

MPA will be investigating the cause of the collision, it said.

- CNA


Collision of Container Vessels WAN HAI 301 and APL DENVER
MPA media release 4 Jan 17;

At about 2350 hrs on 3rd January 2017, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) was notified by the Johor Port Authority (JPA) of a collision between Singapore-registered container vessel WAN HAI 301 and a Gibraltar-registered container vessel APL DENVER off Pasir Gudang Port, Johor Malaysia.

The Master of APL DENVER reported that one of her bunker tanks sustained damage resulting in approximately 300 tonnes of oil spillage. JPA has deployed four anti-pollution craft on site and an oil boom around APL DENVER to contain the oil spill.

In Singapore, some oil patches were spotted and the spillage has been contained off the western side of Pulau Ubin. MPA has activated a total of eight anti-pollution craft with dispersant spraying capabilities to clean up the spilled oil.

There have been no reports of injury. Traffic in the East Johor Straits and Singapore’s port operations remains unaffected.

MPA as the flag state of WAN HAI 301 will also be investigating the cause of the collision.



S’pore-registered container vessel involved in collision off Johor coast; oil spill spotted in S’pore waters
Today Online 4 Jan 17;

SINGAPORE — A locally-registered container vessel was involved in a collision with another ship off Pasir Gudang Port in Johor on Tuesday night (Jan 3), resulting in around 300 tonnes of oil spillage, said the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Wednesday.

The incident, which involved Singapore vessel WAN HAI 301 and Gibraltar-registered container vessel APL DENVER, caused some oil patches to be spotted in Singapore waters, off the western side of Pulau Ubin, said the MPA.

Eight anti-pollution craft have been dispatched with dispersant spraying capabilities to clean up the spill, MPA added.

There have been no reports of injuries and traffic in the East Johor Straits and Singapore’s port operations remain unaffected.

The MPA was notified of the collision by the Johor Port Authority (JPA) at about 11.50pm on Tuesday night. The JPA had deployed four anti-pollution craft after APL Denver had reported damage to one of her bunker tanks.

As of 12pm, the two vessels were still located in the waters off Pasir Gudang Port, showed data from live maritime tracking site MarineTraffic.

MPA is investigating the accident.


Two container ships collide off Johor, spilling about 300 tonnes of oil
RIZALMAN HAMMIM New Straits Times 4 Jan 17;

JOHOR BARU: Two container vessels collided off the Pasir Gudang Port on Tuesday night, resulting in an oil spill. Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said it was notified by the Johor Port Authority (JPA) of a collision between Singapore-registered container vessel Wan Hai 301 and Gibraltar-registered container vessel APL Denver which occurred at about 11.50pm on Tuesday.

In a statement, MPA said the master of APL Denver reported that one of the vessel's bunker tanks sustained damage, causing a spillage of about 300 tonnes of oil.

"JPA has deployed four anti-pollution crafts on site and an oil boom around the vessel to contain the oil spill. In Singapore, some oil patches were spotted and the spillage has been contained off the western side of Pulau Ubin.

"We have activated a total of eight anti-pollution craft with dispersant spraying capabilities to clean up the spilled oil," said MPA. It said there were no reports of injury and traffic in eastern Johor Straits and Singapore’s port operations remains unaffected.

Johor oil spill: Most of oil drifted into Singapore waters
RIZALMAN HAMMIM New Straits Times 4 Jan 17;

JOHOR BARU: Most of the oil spill that occurred following the collision of two container vessels in waters off the Johor Port in Pasir Gudang on Tuesday, have drifted into Singapore waters, State Health and Environment Executive Committee chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat said, according the Department of Environment's (DOE) observation, Pulau Ubin in Singapore was impacted the most from the spill.

"The collision occurred when the vessel Wan Hai suffered a power failure, causing it to become uncontrollable, and it hit APL Denver's starboard tank No 6, causing the oil spill," said Ayub. He said DOE is currently carrying out an investigation on the incident.

Pulau Ubin, located on the north east of Singapore, is one of the island republic's last nature retreats and plays host to a significant number of birds, both native and migratory.

Only about 100 people live on the island currently. The extent of the damage the oil spill could have on Pulau Ubin remains unknown for now. Earlier today, it was reported that the two container vessels, one registered in Singapore while another from Gibraltar, had collided on Tuesday night.

Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) in a statement had said that APL Denver reported that one of its bunker tanks sustained damage, causing a spillage of about 300 tonnes of oil.

Both MPA and the Johor Port Authority have deployed vessels to contain the spill and execute cleanup operations.

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