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Alarm over three ship collisions in two months in Singapore's waters

Safety measures tightened, following unusual spike in incidents

Published on Feb 20, 2014 8:03 AM
Workers carting away oil-tainted sand on St John’s Island on Feb 4, 2014. The three collisions that occurred this year dumped a total of 760 tonnes of oil into the sea. -- ST FILE PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Less than two months into the year, three ship collisions have already occurred in Singapore's waters - compared to the usual one or two for a whole year.

This has prompted the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) to beef up safety measures. The collisions occurred between Jan 29 and Feb 10, and dumped a total of 760 tonnes of oil into the sea.

There was one collision in 2009, one in 2010, none in 2011, two in 2012 and two in 2013, the MPA told The Straits Times.

It is investigating the latest incidents and declined to comment on them, but a spokesman said it has launched an inquiry into whether there are any "systemic issues" that need to be addressed.

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