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Singapore battles 2,500 tonnes oil slick

Singapore battles 2,500 tonnes oil slick

Singapore: Singapore continued to battle a 2,500 tonne oil spill from the AET tanker Bunga Kelana 3 to stop the oil from reaching the country's shores. The Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said efforts to contain the slick had continued through the night and into Wednesday morning. The Bunga Kelana 3 spilled 2,500 tonnes of light crude after it was involved in a collision with the handysize bulker Waily in the Singapore Strait early on Tuesday morning. The MPA has deployed 15 craft and over 120 personnel in the clean-up efforts. The authority said non-toxic and bio-degradable oil spill dispersants were used to break up the oil slick into smaller globules and containment booms were used to contain and prevent the oil slick from hitting the coastlines. "The oil slick has not affected Singapore's coastlines. The waters in our anchorages and the Traffic Separation Scheme south of Changi were reported to be clean," the MPA said. [26/05/10]

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