Hong Kong cargo vessel Xin Yi Yi reportedly sank off south Penang, Malaysia after hitting an underwater wreck on Thursday morning and released bunker fuel into surrounding waters.
The 43.6 metre long vessel was on a routine trip from Hong Kong to Malaysia when it hit an underwater wreck shipwreck named Kapal Simen.
About six metric tonnes (mt) of marine diesel oil was on board Xin Yi Yi during the accident, according to Northern Region Marine Department director Captain Abdul Samad Shaik Osman.
Local media reports the spill to be heading towards Tanjung Piandang at the state of Perak, an area where several fisheries are located.
Ahmad Faizal Azumu, the Menteri Besar of Perak, says "our focus now is to prevent the spill from harming open-sea fish farms and our coastal fishermen."
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Published: 27 July, 2018
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