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Vessel collision north-east of Pedra Branca

On 2 January 2015, at about 0600hrs (Singapore Time), the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) received a report that a Libyan-registered oil tanker, "Alyarmouk" had collided with a Singapore-registered bulk carrier, "Sinar Kapuas" in Singapore waters about 11 nautical miles north-east of Pedra Branca.

Alyarmouk reported that one of her cargo tanks sustained damage, resulting in spillage of crude oil. Upon notification, MPA deployed a helicopter to assess the situation. Oil spill response resources have also been activated. 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.

The two vessels involved in the collision are currently safely anchored and in stable condition. MPA has issued navigational broadcasts for ships to navigate with caution when in the vicinity of the incident site. There is no report of injury, and traffic in the port and the Strait of Singapore remains unaffected.

The ship managers of Alyarmouk, V. Ships UK Ltd, estimate that 4,500 tonnes 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.

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) is also working closely with the Indonesian authorities in line with the standard operating procedure for joint oil spill combat in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore, and has offered its assistance in the containment operations.

MPA is investigating the cause of the collision.

Source: MPA

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