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No new oil patches reported since Monday: MPA

Published on Feb 7, 2014 9:28 PM

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said on Friday that it will continue to monitor Singapore's waters closely for oil spills, although no oil patches have been reported since Monday.

In a statement, MPA said it has been working with its industry partners and various agencies to contain and clean up bunker fuel oil in local waters, after two vessel collisions on Jan 29 and Jan 30 resulted in oil spills south of Jurong Island and off Marina South respectively.

Together with oil spill response companies, MPA has so far deployed a total of 40 craft, two skimmers, two harbour busters, more than 1,000m of containment boom and more than 400 personnel in the containment and clean-up efforts.

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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