17 September 2009

Container ship runs aground near Pulau Jong

On 16 Sep, and 80,000 tonne container ship ran aground at Sebarok Beacon. Shores near this location include the Sisters Islands and Pulau Jong.
Pulau Sebarok is the 'petrol station' of our port and is where major bunkering (refuelling) facilities are located).

During a field trip to St. John's Island, I got a look the ship.
The two Sisters Islands are in the foreground with the ship in between the two islands.

Initial reports cited no injury or pollution.

According to the Maritime Port Authority (MPA), "the vessel is in stable condition and the shipowners have arranged for a salvage company to attend to the grounded vessel. MPA will investigate the incident."

More media reports about the grounding incident on the wildsingapore news blog.

MPA also said that shipping in this area and adjacent waters "has not been affected by the grounding".

However, when the volunteers with ReefFriends conducted their regular reef survey at Pulau Jong in Jul 09, they came across signs of a massive collision on the reefs there. See the Colourful Clouds blog for more details.

On 19 Oct 99, there was a collision between a bulk carrier "Graceous (85 695 GT) and an unladen tanker "Lula I" (62 031 GT) outside port limits and in Indonesian waters about 2 nautical miles (approx 4km) south east of Sebarok Beacon. There were no injury or pollution reported. Visibility at the time of the incident was reduced due to heavy showers. More in the MPA news release.

Even though there has been no pollution, groundings do damage the reefs.

More links


  1. I always want to know one thing. How does the ships dispose of their effluent (from toilet and kitchen)? Do they dump it into the sea directly? This is because there is a harbour near a national marine park in my country. I am kind of concern...

  2. This is a good question Murphy.

    In Singapore, this is very strictly controlled. As one of the world's busiest ports, we have to otherwise we would be in trouble. Our waters are actually quite clean and thus we do have good marine life.

    I've done a post earlier about how garbage is collected from ships in Singapore and related issues of pollution.

    Hope this is what you are looking for?

  3. Thank you Ria for the info. Hopefully Malaysia is that strict too. We have many environmental laws in place but they are just enforced weakly.. Selamat Hari Raya!



Related Posts with Thumbnails