|Location of incident from TODAY|
Malaysian authorities said: "The tanker ship MT Putri Sea registered in Malabo Port, Equatorial Guinea was carrying fuel and was believed to have sunk 4.6 nautical miles off Pengerang waters after an explosion where fire engulfed the vessel's main engine room."
Update on 20 Jun:
"Malaysia is using chemical dispersants to break up a 3km-wide oil slick after a tanker laden with marine diesel sank last week.
Authorities said all six Indonesian crew were missing and feared dead.
The oil spill is close to Petronas’ billion dollar refinery and petrochemicals integrated development project in Pengerang.
Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, natural resources and environment minister said a “tier one” response has been initiated to fight the oil spill.
Tier one is regarded as a minor oil spill that can be resolved within days."
Media articles about the incident on wildsingapore news
- Malaysia tackles 3km-wide tanker oil spill near Singapore 20 Jun 17;
- Oil tanker sinks off Johor, six crew members missing 15 Jun 17;
What shores in Singapore could be affected?
The nearest shore is at Changi East, which we dubbed "The Lost Coast". It is an artificial sandy shore which had amazing animals the last time we visited in Dec 2012. It was then impacted by massive works in the area in Feb 2015.
Beting Bronok is our last northern submerged reef, further north upstream from the incident site. Our last visit there was in Jun 2016 where we saw signs of the reef suffering from mass coral bleaching. We are scheduled to survey this site next week. Near Beting Bronok are also the mangroves of Pulau Tekong, among the last best mangroves in Singapore.
The shores of Changi and Pulau Ubin are much further west upstream. Let's hope the incident did not release much oil. Our northern shores already suffered from the 300-tonne oil spill in the East Johor Strait six months ago.