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January 3, 2017

Container vessels collide resulting in oil spillage near Malaysian port

Two container ships have collided on the Straits of Johor off a port in Johor Bahru, the capital city of the Malaysian state of Johor.

By Lopamudra Roy

Two container ships have collided on the Straits of Johor off a port in Johor Bahru, the capital city of the Malaysian state of Johor.

The collision between the vessels, which occurred off the Pasir Gudang Port in Johor, resulted in a spillage of oil in the waters around the East Johor Straits.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), the collision happened between container ship WAN HAI 301 and container vessel APL Denver.

"The collision happened between container ship WAN HAI 301 and container vessel APL Denver."

The WAN HAI 301 is a Singapore-registered vessel, while APL Denver is a registered vessel of British overseas territory Gibraltar.

As stated by the MPA, one of the bunker tanks on the APL Denver container ship was damaged significantly, resulting in a spill of nearly 300t of oil, reported Straits Times.

The clash did not cause any injury, while port operations in Singapore and traffic in the East Johor Straits continued unaffected, reported International Business Times.

According to the maritime officials of Singapore, the oil spillage has been contained off the western side of Pulau Ubin, which is an island situated in the north east of the Asian country.

Some oil patches were spotted off the coast of Pulau Ubin, and an investigation regarding the reason behind the collision is underway.

Johor Port Authority (JPA) has sent four anti-pollution craft and an oil boom on site to contain the oil spill, while the Maritime and Port Authority has deployed eight anti-pollution craft with dispersant spraying capabilities to clean up the oil.

As WAN HAI 301, which was involved in the clash, the MPA will also conduct an investigation, reported Anadolu Agency.


Image: Johor Port in Malaysia. Photo: courtesy of Johor Port.

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