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Singapore: MPA reports no oil pollution from grounded tanker “Young Yong”

01 Nov 2022

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Monday (31 October) said there were no signs of oil pollution from Djibouti-registered tanker Young Yong that grounded in Singapore Strait last week. 

MPA said it was informed by the master of the tanker that it had grounded off Takong Kecil in the Riau Islands, Indonesia in the Singapore Strait at around 2020h on 26 October.

“Prior to its grounding, MPA’s Port Operations Control Centre (POCC) issued early shallow water warnings through its Vessel Traffic Information System (VTIS) to the tanker on the potential risk of its grounding. MPA had also alerted the Indonesian authorities immediately after the incident happened,” it said. 

“The Indonesian authorities are leading refloatation efforts for the tanker, as well as preventive efforts against possible oil spills, as the vessel had grounded in Indonesian waters.”

Navigation through the Traffic Separation Scheme in the Singapore Strait is not affected. There is no report of injuries nor oil pollution, and MPA’s patrol crafts are monitoring for any oil spill pollution within Singapore Port Limits. 

MPA’s POCC is also issuing safety broadcasts to warn transiting vessels to keep clear of the location of the grounded tanker.

According to Indonesia’s Directorate General of Transportation, the grounded tanker is carrying 284, 429 tonnes of oil and was making its way from Tanjung Pelepas Port, Malaysia to Pulau Nipa when it grounded. The 332-metre long tanker has 25 crew onboard and is operated by East Wind Ship Management Ltd. 

 

Photo credit: Marine Traffic / Mataburung.com Burung Hantu
Published: 1 November, 2022

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