|Screen cap from Vessel Finder.|
[Update from the company website: The tanker was refloated on 8 Nov. Inspection showed the vessel was 'free of any apparent damage'.]
Product tanker Spottail ran aground in Singapore Strait
Martime Herald 5 Nov 16 also on wildsingapore news
The product tanker Spottail ran aground in Singapore Strait on half mile off Pulau Takong Besar, Indonesia. The vessel left Singapore en route to Sri Lanka under cargo, but after failure of the steering gear hardly stuck with the portboard into a rocky shallow. The crew was unable to refloat the ship and requested assistance from the local authorities. At the scene of the troubled product tanker were dispatched tug and rescue boat, which should make an underwater inspection and estimate the damages caused by the grounding. The investigation for the circumstances and root cause of the accident are under way.
|Photo of Spottail from Vessel Finder.|
The product tanker Spottail (IMO: 9409479) has overall length of 228.00 m, moulded beam of 32.00 m and maximum draft of 8.50 m. The deadweight of the ship is 74,997 DWT and the gross tonnage is 40,975 GRT. The vessel was built in 2009 by Minaminippon Shipbuilding in their shipyard in Usuki, Japan. The product tanker Spottail is operating under the flag of Marshall Islands and managed by Prime Tanker Management.
What natural Singapore shores are near the accident site?
The distance between the accident site and Raffles Lighthouse appears to be about the same as that between Pulau Semakau and Raffles Lighthouse. Raffles Lighthouse and the Live Firing Islands have among our most untouched reefs and marine ecosystems as they are off limits. These include the islands of Pulau Salu, Pulau Sudong, Pulau Pawai and Pulau Senang. Raffles Lighthouse located on Pulau Satumu, and the tiny island of Pulau Biola nearby, has some of our best reefs and rare coastal plants.
|The living reefs of Raffles Lighthouse|
with Pulau Biola on the horizon.
|Best reefs in Singapore: bleaching in Aug 2016|
Oil spills on our Southern Islands
Our Southern Islands including the islands of our Marine Park lie close to the Singapore Strait, a major shipping lane connecting the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.
|Large vessel in the Singapore Strait from Sisters Islands|
with St John's Island on the horizon.
|Huge container ship seen off Sisters Island.|
|Large vessels travelling off the Marine Park.|
Photo by Chia Wei Wei during a public walk
at the Sisters Islands Marine Park in Dec 2015.
Recent ship collisions and oil spills
- Two container ships collide while anchored off East Coast Park, 30 Sep 2016
- Ship collision near the Sisters Islands Marine Park, 3 Aug 2016
- Oil spill off Live Firing Islands, 26 Jul 2016
- Oil spill at Pulau Busing on 30 Apr 2016
- 2 Jan 2015: Oil spill off Pedra Branca
- "Human error and poor judgement" cause of 3 oil spills in 2 weeks in Jan-Feb 2014
- Volunteers survey impact of 10 Feb oil spill
- 10 Feb 2014: Another oil spill near Sisters Islands
- Impact of Jan 2014 oil spills on Southern Islands
- Two collisions with oil spills near Southern Islands in Jan 2014
- Oil spill off East Coast Park, 2 Jul 2013
- Ship collision off Sisters Island on 2 Mar 2013: no oil spilled
- Oil spill off Sultan Shoal, Jurong Island on 9 Sep 2012