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Two maritime vessels collide in Singapore Strait

Two maritime vessels collided in the Singapore Strait on Monday, in the third such incident in 13 days.

SINGAPORE: Two maritime vessels collided in the Singapore Strait, in the third such incident in 13 days.

On Monday, a Liberia-flagged container ship "Hammonia Thracium" and a Panama-flagged chemical tanker "Zoey" collided off Sebarok Island, which is about 10km south of mainland Singapore.

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said its Port Operations Control Centre had provided traffic information to the two vessels and alerted the chemical tanker that the container ship was crossing the traffic lane.

The container ship reported that one of its bunker tanks sustained damage, and about 80 metric tonnes of bunker fuel were spilled as a result.

MPA said it immediately dispatched four patrol craft to deal with the spillage and activated oil spill response companies to support the clean-up efforts.

It added that no one was injured in the incident and that port operations remain unaffected.

MPA is investigating the cause of the collision. 

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