I did a quick survey of northern shores and saw oil spill being cleaned up at Punggol, Pasir Ris and Changi. I also had a glimpse of Ubin mangroves by boat and saw that oil was affecting those on Pulau Ketam as well as Sungei Puaka.
My survey started at Punggol Jetty along the northern coastline through Pasir Ris to Changi. It was shocking to me that the oil spill which started in Pasir Gudang, had its worst impact on Changi.
At Punggol Jetty, opposite Pasir Gudang Port in Johor Malaysia, the water seemed clear with hardly any sheen. A contributor earlier reported light staining on the shore and indeed, there were many small bags of probably oil-stained sand already removed from the beach.
At Pasir Ris carpark E, the water was clear and I didn't see any signs of oil on the shore, or of oil-stained sand having been removed from the shore recently (i.e., scrape marks on the sand, bags of sand accumulated nearby).
At Pasir Ris carpark A, however, I did come across oil in the water. And signs that machinery was used to remove oil on the shore. There were many men still working on the shore to sweep up oil-stained sand and debris, as well as carry off the sand from the beach.
I stopped by Changi Sailing Club and was glad to see no signs of oil in the water or on the sand.
But when I got close to Changi Point Ferry Terminal (the place we take the bumboats to Ubin), the smell of oil was already strong before I even reached the water's edge. Oil had piled up along the shores and on the boom laid across Changi Creek.
At Changi Carpark 1, despite working all morning, the workers have barely managed to clean up the area.
At Changi Carpark 4, there is lots of oil in the water, landing in nasty porridge-like plops on the shore.
It was a relief that I didn't see any oil at Changi Carpark 6.
And I didn't see any oil at Changi Carpark 7 either.
I had a chance to quickly check up on oil impact on the mangroves at Pulau Ubin. Sadly, there were signs of oil floating up Sungei Puaka.
At Pulau Ketam, leaves and roots and trunks of large mangrove trees were coated in oil.
I also saw these four Oil Spill Response vessels and what looks like a boom just off Pulau Ubin. They were stationary and didn't seem to be doing any oil spill remediation work.
More photos of from the survey:
More about the Johor oil spill in this blog post.