Oil spill incident: Singapore expands clean-up effort to more areas, including eastern end of island

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Jun 17, 2024, 09:14 PM

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Jun 17, 2024, 09:09 PM

SINGAPORE - Authorities here are expanding the clean-up efforts to more areas following a major oil spill on June 14, with some oil leaking from a damaged cargo tank at Pasir Panjang Terminal having spread to the waters off Changi on June 17.

Some 1,500m of booms have been deployed so far to contain the oil spill, with an additional 1,600m to be deployed at several beaches on Sentosa Island and Labrador Nature Reserve by June 18, according to a joint statement by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, National Environment Agency, National Parks Board, national water agency PUB, Sentosa Development Corporation and Singapore Food Agency on June 17.

Booms will be placed off Changi East as a preventive measure.

“Some of the oil has been seen off Changi today,” the joint statement said, adding that oil absorbent booms have been deployed off biodiversity-sensitive areas at Chek Jawa Wetlands at Pulau Ubin, Coney Island Park and Pasir Ris Park as preventive measures.

At the Southern Islands, booms will be installed at selected locations at Cooper Channel to facilitate clean-up of accumulated oil.

While West Coast Park is not affected, oil absorbent booms were also deployed at the park to protect the mangroves at the Marsh Garden, the statement said.

“Over the next few days, additional containment and absorbent booms will be deployed to protect the fish farm...

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