No new oil patches reported since Monday: MPA

SINGAPORE - In a statement, MPA said it has been working with its industry partners and various agencies to contain and clean up bunker fuel oil in local waters, after two vessel collisions on Jan 29 and Jan 30 resulted in oil spills south of Jurong Island and off Marina South respectively.


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Read the full statement from Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore:

Following the collision between chemical tanker, "Lime Galaxy" and containership, "Feihe", on 29 January and collision between containership, "NYK Themis" and barge "AZ Fuzhou", on 30 January 2014, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has worked with its partners from various agencies and the industry to contain and clean up the bunker fuel oil spilled.

Containership "Feihe" spilled about 280 metric tonnes (mt) of fuel oil, while containership "NYK Themis" spilled about 400mt of fuel oil as a result of the collisions.

As of 7 February 2014, a total of 40 craft, two skimmers, two harbour busters, more than 1000 metres of containment boom and more than 400 personnel were deployed by MPA and oil spill response companies as part of the containment and clean-up efforts at sea.

Since 3 February 2014, no oil patches have been reported in our waters. MPA will continue to monitor our waters closely and carry out any necessary clean up.

Sentosa Development Corporation is completing clean-up works on the beaches of Kusu and St John's Islands and co-operating with the National Environment Agency (NEA) to ensure the surrounding waters are free from oil pollution. The islands remain open, but the public are advised to keep away from the areas on the beaches affected by the oil spill. Signage are located on the beaches to inform and guide the public. NEA will continue to monitor these beaches and will inform the public when the currently closed parts of these beaches are re-opened.

NEA is also working closely with the National Parks Board and the Singapore Land Authority on the clean-up efforts at Pulau Semakau and will provide more updates when the operations are completed.

MPA would like to record its appreciation to the following organisations for their invaluable assistance:

1. Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore

2. Centre for Remote Imaging, Sensing and Processing (NUS)

3. International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation Limited

4. Ministry of Defence

5. National Environment Agency

6. National Parks Board

7. Oil Spill Response Ltd

8. Public Utilities Board

9. Republic of Singapore Air Force

10. Republic of Singapore Navy

11. Semco Salvage & Towage Pte Ltd

12. Sentosa Development Corporation

13. Shell Eastern Petroleum (Pte) Ltd

14. Singapore Salvage Engineers Pte Ltd

15. SMIT Singapore Pte Ltd 16. SPICA Services (S) Pte Ltd

17. Svitzer Salvage Asia Pte Ltd 18. Tian San Shipping Pte Ltd

19. Masters and crew of ships that reported sightings of oil patches

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