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Black Tide: Singapore’s Beaches Face Environmental Disaster

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AFP-Yonhap News

An oil tanker collision at the southern port of Singapore, a major maritime logistics hub connecting the Pacific and Indian Oceans, resulted in oil slicks forming on nearby beaches.

According to media outlets on June 15, the Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) announced in a statement that at around 2:40 PM on the 14th, the Dutch dredging ship Vox Maxima collided with the Singaporean oil tanker Marine Honor that was anchored at Pasir Panjang Port.

The MPA stated that some of the oil on board the Marine Honor had leaked due to the accident, but the leakage had stopped as measures such as cutting off the connection to the fuel tank were taken. They added that oil spill response vessels were dispatched to the scene and began removing oil that afternoon.

However, on the second day after the tanker collision, the resort beaches on Sentosa Island, a tourist destination about six miles away from the port, witnessed the oils being washed up by the waves, eventually turning the beaches black. As a result, access to major beaches was prohibited.

The MPA also stated that the accident has not caused any disruption to navigation safety or mooring operations.

Daniel Kim
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