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Government takes 'serious view' of recent oil spills

Work goes on with groups to prevent recurrence: Parleament Sec

Published on Feb 22, 2014 8:14 AM
Workers cleaning up the beach at St John's Island on Feb 4 after an oil spill from the Jan 30 collision of two tankers. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

The Transport Ministry said it takes a "serious view" of the three recent oil spills in Singapore waters and will continue to work with local and international organisations to prevent a recurrence.

Such work will include submitting marine safety investigation reports to the International Maritime Organisation, sharing investigation findings with the shipping industry and working closely with environmental groups.

Those who are guilty of causing the oil spills due to "a culpable act or omission" will be charged under the Prevention of Pollution of the Sea Act.

It carries a maximum fine of $1 million, a jail term of up to two years or both.

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