Waters around Kusu and St John's Islands free from oil pollution: NEA

These bags at St John's Island yesterday are filled with oil-slicked sand.

On Jan 29, Hong Kong-flagged chemical tanker Lime Galaxy and China-flagged containership Feihe collided at about 2.7km south of Jurong Island. The next day, another collision occured between Panama-flagged containership NYK Themis and a barge, AZ Fuzhou, at the East Keppel Fairway about 4km south of Marina South.

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Here is the statement from the National Environment Agency (NEA):

Checks by the National Environment Agency (NEA) revealed that water at both beaches on Kusu Island and St John's Island is free from oil pollution and has returned to normal.

The waters and beaches of the two islands had been affected by the oil spills 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 two beaches were closed and NEA had been working with agencies such as the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, and Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC) to contain and clean up the bunker fuel oil spilled.

SDC will be re-opening the beach on St John's Island tomorrow, while Kusu Island's beach was re-opened on 22 February 2014, with the completion of clean-up efforts.

For more information and updates on the clean-up operation, visit the NEA website (www.nea.gov.sg), NEA Facebook (www.facebook.com/NEASingapore) or follow us on Twitter (@NEAsg).