No new oil patches reported since Monday: MPA

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.

The collisions caused containerships Feihe and NYK Themis to each spill about 280 tonnes and 400 tonnes of fuel oil respectively.

Sentosa Development Corporation is completing clean-up works on the beaches of Kusu Island and St John's Island, part of Singapore's Southern Islands managed by the corporation, the MPA said. The corporation is also working with the National Environment Agency (NEA) to ensure that surrounding waters are free from oil pollution.

The MPA added that while the two islands remain open, the public are advised to keep away from the areas on the beaches affected by the oil spill. Signages have been put up to inform and guide the public.

NEA will continue to monitor the beaches, and will inform the public when currently closed parts of the beaches re-open.

NEA, the National Parks Board and the Singapore Land Authority are working together to clean up oil from the spills at Pulau Semakau, an offshore landfill south of Singapore.

More updates will be provided when mop-up operations are complete.