Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) announced Tuesday that following the collision between Libyan-registered oil tanker “Alyarmouk” and Singapore-registered bulk carrier “Sinar Kapuas” reported at about 0600hrs (Singapore Time) Jan. 2, there have been no further reports of oil leakage from “Alyarmouk”. Both vessels are in stable condition and anchored safely, north-east of Pedra Branca, Singapore.
Four vessels equipped with dispersants, oil booms and skimmers were deployed to the site to contain the oil spill. Non-toxic and bio-degradable dispersants were used to break up the oil into smaller globules. MPA has also linked up with International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF) for its technical expertise to assess the nature of the spill. Satellite imagery obtained Jan. 4 did not show any of the spilled oil headed towards Bintan, Indonesia.
Aerial surveillance by ITOPF on the same day also did not show any spilled oil in the vicinity of Bintan. MPA has been monitoring for sightings of the movement of the oil patches, including conducting daily aerial surveillance when possible. MPA will also continue to poll vessels operating in the region on whether they have spotted any oil patches. One report of a possible sighting of an oil patch off the coast of Tanjong Berakit, north-east of Bintan, was reported to the Indonesian authorities for their investigation.
The MPA reported Jan. 2 that the “Alyarmouk” was en route from Tanjung Pelapas, Malaysia to China, and the “Sinar Kapuas” from Hong Kong to Singapore, when the incident occurred. The ship managers of “Alyarmouk” — V. Ships UK Ltd. — estimated that 4,500 tons of Madura crude oil was spilled from the tanker.