Ships collision results in large oil spill in Singapore

A tanker off Singapore`s coast has spilled about 15,000 barrels of crude oil.

Updated: May 25, 2010, 11:21 AM IST

Singapore: A tanker off Singapore`s coast has spilled about 15,000 barrels of crude oil after a collision with another ship ripped a hole in one of its cargo tanks, authorities said on Tuesday.

The Malaysian-registered tanker MT Bunga Kelana 3 collided with the St Vincents and The Grenadines-registered bulk carrier MV Waily early Tuesday in the Singapore Strait about 13 kilometres (8 miles) off the city-state`s east coast, the Port Authority of Singapore said in a statement.

The captain of the MT Bunga Kelana 3 estimated up to 2,000 metric tons, or 14,660 barrels, of oil may have spilled into the sea. Crews are trying to plug the leak and clean up the spill, the authority said.
No injuries were reported and traffic to Singapore`s port, one of the world`s busiest, was not affected, the authority said.

Bureau Report