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MPA: Shipmaster of bulk carrier injured after sea robbery in Strait of Malacca

MRCC, operated by MPA, was notified of an alleged case of sea robbery onboard a Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier that was enroute to Singapore, in the Strait of Malacca.

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The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Friday (27 October) said The Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC), which it operates, was notified that morning at about 4.30am of an alleged case of sea robbery onboard a Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier.

The incident took place in the Strait of Malacca, outside Singapore’s territorial waters. The vessel was enroute to Singapore.

“MRCC had directed the vessel to anchor off the western part of Singapore to facilitate a search by the Police Coast Guard. The search has been completed onboard and nothing was reported missing,” it said in a statement.

“The shipmaster who was hurt in the incident is reported to be in stable condition and has been conveyed ashore to seek medical treatment.”

Photo credit: Manifold Times
Published: 31 October, 2023

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MPA: Owner of bunker tanker involved in Singapore oil spill is liable for pollution damage

MPA said stationary tanker Marine Honour has ‘strict liability’ which means it is liable even in the absence of fault, for pollution damage caused by oil spill from its tanker in Singapore waters.

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MPA: Clean-up ops continue following oil spill in Singapore, affected beaches closed

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore on Thursday (20 June) said the shipowner of Marine Honour, the stationary Singapore-flagged bunker tanker that was hit by a dredger recently is liable for costs incurred from the 14 June oil spill. 

Netherlands-registered dredger Vox Maxima crashed into the bunker vessel causing fuel from the bunker vessel’s cargo tank to spill into Singapore waters. 

In response to media queries, MPA said tanker Marine Honour has “strict liability”, which means it is liable even in the absence of fault, for pollution damage caused by oil spill from its tanker in Singapore waters.

MPA added this falls under the Merchant Shipping (Civil Liability and Compensation for Oil Pollution) Act 1998, which is Singapore’s enactment of the 1992 International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage (1992 CLC).

“The spirit of the ‘polluter pays’ principle simplifies the claims process by having a clear party against which to pursue claims without potential complications of proving fault,” it said in a statement. 

“This includes expenses that Singapore Government agencies are incurring such as clean-up costs at sea and on shore.”

“The owner of the Marine Honour retains the right to take recourse action against third parties for its pollution liability.”

Related: Singapore: Allision between dredger and bunker tanker was not caused by port congestion, says Transport Minister
Related: Singapore: Oil spill cleanup after allision between dredger “Vox Maxima” and bunker tanker “Marine Honour”
Related: Singapore sees large increases in container volumes, bunkering activities remain unaffected
Related: MPA reports ‘significant increase’ in vessel arrivals in Singapore


Published: 21 June, 2024

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Singapore: Allision between dredger and bunker tanker was not caused by port congestion, says Transport Minister

‘Investigations are still on-going, but preliminary findings show that the allision on 14 June was caused by the dredger experiencing sudden loss of engine and steering controls,’ says Chee Hong Tat.

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Singapore: Allision between dredger and bunker tanker was not caused by port congestion, says Transport Minister

The allision between Netherlands-registered dredger Vox Maxima and stationary bunker tanker Marine Honour on 14 June was not caused by port congestion, Transport Minister Chee Hong Tat said on Tuesday (18 June). 

Vox Maxima crashed into a stationary Singapore-flagged bunker vessel Marine Honour on 14 June, causing oil from the bunker vessel’s cargo tank to spill into Singapore waters. 

Chee said some members of the public have asked if this incident was due to congestion in our port waters.

“Investigations are still on-going, but preliminary findings show that the allision on 14 June was caused by the dredger experiencing sudden loss of engine and steering controls,” he said a social media post.

“It is not due to port congestion as our port waters and anchorages are not congested. The earlier reports on delays experienced by container vessels are a separate matter that is due to the bunching of container vessels arriving at PSA.”

Chee added it will take time for Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) to complete the full investigations and progressively clean up the oil spill. 

“We seek the understanding of members of the public and businesses who are affected by this incident. We will do our best to complete the clean up as soon as possible.”

Manifold Times previously reported MPA stating that it saw large increases in container volumes and the “bunching” of container vessel arrivals over the previous months due to supply chain disruptions in upstream locations.

Later, MPA confirmed that since the beginning of 2024, Singapore saw a significant increase in vessel arrivals.

In the first four months of 2024, MPA said the monthly average tonnage of container vessel arrivals reached 72.4 million gross tonnage (GT). This is an increase of more than one million GT per month, compared to the same period last year. 

On 20 June, in a joint statement, authorities said the northern part of the Pasir Panjang Container Terminal (PPT) is cleared of oil slicks following the deployment of the Current Buster, an oil recovery and containment system, since 18 June. 

Thorough cleaning of the oil-stained Berth 36 near the allision area using high-pressure jets is on-going.

PPT was the location of the oil spillage following the 14 June allision between Netherlands-registered dredger VOX MAXIMA and stationary bunker tanker MARINE HONOUR. 

“The deployment of the Current Buster at this upstream location is important to prevent surface oil from flowing westwards towards West Coast Park which is unaffected till date, and also eastward towards downstream locations, including Sentosa beaches, Sentosa Cove, Southern Islands, and Keppel Marina,” authorities, including MPA, said.  

Three Current Buster systems have been deployed. Two systems capable of five tonnes of recovered oil per load are deployed off western affected areas at PPT and Sentosa. The other system capable of 35 tonnes load is deployed off eastern affected areas off East Coast and Changi East as a precaution to recover any oil and prevent further spread. Another 35 tonnes-load Current Buster system will be deployed shortly.

Total length of booms deployed since 14 June is 3400 meters. This is more than the approximate 3100 meters originally planned.

Note: The full statement by Singapore authorities including progress of the shore clean-up effort can be found here

Related: Singapore: Oil spill cleanup after allision between dredger “Vox Maxima” and bunker tanker “Marine Honour”
Related: Singapore sees large increases in container volumes, bunkering activities remain unaffected
Related: MPA reports ‘significant increase’ in vessel arrivals in Singapore

 

Photo credit: Singapore Transport Ministry / Chee Hong Tat
Published: 20 June, 2024

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MPA: Clean-up ops continue following oil spill in Singapore, affected beaches closed

One of the oil cargo tanks of Singapore-flagged bunker vessel “Marine Honour” ruptured during the 14 June allision, releasing 400 mt of low-sulphur fuel oil into the sea.

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MPA: Clean-up ops continue following oil spill in Singapore, affected beaches closed

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Monday (17 June) said it is still working closely with relevant agencies and stakeholders on containment and clean-up operations of the recent oil spill.

The oil spill occurred following an allision between a Netherlands-flagged dredger Vox Maxima and a stationary Singapore-flagged bunker vessel Marine Honour on 14 June. 

MPA Chief Executive Eng Dih Teo said one of Marine Honour’s oil cargo tanks ruptured, releasing 400 metric tonnes (mt) of low-sulphur fuel oil into the sea. 

“The other half was contained and isolated. All crew are safe,” he said in a social media post.

He added affected beaches have been temporarily closed and the public is advised to stay away to facilitate cleanup. 

Eng said MPA is investigating the incident, and has instructed British Marine, the insurer of the bunker tanker, to set up claim contacts to attend to affected parties.

“While navigation in the Traffic Separation Scheme and port operations remain unaffected, an MPA-led Emergency Operations Centre has been coordinating spillage recovery efforts.”

MPA: Clean-up ops continue following oil spill in Singapore, affected beaches closed

In a statement, MPA said the next phase of the clean-up operations has commenced with the additional deployment of various booms and oil recovery systems. 

1,500 metres of booms have been deployed, and an additional 1,600 metres will be deployed over the next few days in designated sites to support the containment of accumulated oil to facilitate the clean- up operation off the beaches and shorelines. Additional booms will also be deployed as a preventive measure off Changi East. 

Seven oil recovery assets have been deployed today to skim and collect the remaining oil spillage off the water surface to minimise further spread of the oil.

Location of additional booms and its progress:

  • ⁠ ⁠Palawan beach (completed)
  • ⁠ ⁠Siloso and Tanjong beach (to complete by 18 June)
  • ⁠ ⁠Labrador Nature Reserve (to complete by 18 June)
  • ⁠ ⁠Southern islands, selected location at Cooper Channel. 

Location of oil absorbent booms: 

  • Oil absorbent booms have been deployed along stretches of the East Coast Park beaches that are significantly impacted, and at the canal openings.
  • As preventive measures, absorbent booms have been deployed at Chek Jawa, Pasir Ris Park and Coney Island.
  • Over the next few days, additional containment and absorbent booms will be deployed to protect the fish farms at the East Johor Straits and also biodiverse areas off Pulau Ubin and Changi Creek. 

MPA said it has alerted the Malaysian and Indonesian authorities when the incident occurred on 14 June.

Related: Singapore: Oil spill cleanup after allision between dredger “Vox Maxima” and bunker tanker “Marine Honour”

 

Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 18 June 2024

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