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UPDATED: AET tanker in spill after Singapore Strait collision

UPDATED: AET tanker in spill after Singapore Strait collision

Singapore: AET says the tanker Bunga Kelana 3 is no longer leaking oil after it was involved in a collision in the Singapore Strait this early morning. The 105,784 dwt, 1998-built, Bunga Kelana 3, operated by MISC tanker arm AET, spilt 2,000 tonnes of oil when it collided with the Hong Kong owned, 25,449 dwt, 1983-built, bulker Waily at 0610hrs on Tuesday morning in the traffic separation scheme of the Singapore Strait, the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore said in a statement. Paul Lovell, a spokesman for AET, told Seatrade Asia Online that following a reballasting of the vessel's tanks it was no longer leaking oil and the tanker was in a stable position. Oil booms have been deployed around the vessel, which leaked 2,000 tonnes of light crude. The incident occurred 13m southeast of Changi East in Singapore. The Bunga Kelana 3 was sailing from Bintulu, East Malaysia to Malacca and travelling westbound in the Singapore Strait when the incident occurred. According to Lovell the tanker was struck nose on by the bow of a vessel crossing the traffic separation scheme. There were no reports of injuries from either vessel. The MPA said it had dispatched four emergency response vessels to the area and activated an oil spill response company, which had deployed three craft. It said the traffic separation scheme remained unaffected. [25/05/10]

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