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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Another collision – Bunga Kelana & Waily

After my recent postings on collision at sea, read of one more accident at high sea threatening a huge oil spill involving an oil tanker and bulk carriers in the waters off Malaysia and Singapore on Tuesday (25th May 2010) morning,

Reuters reports of the oil spill of an estimated 2500 tonnes of oil still traffic in the shipping lane of Malacca strait not being affected. The tanker MT Bunga Kelana 3 is Malaysian built of 1998 having DWT of 105784 with Malaysian flag was carrying about 62,000 tonnes of light crude oil according to the reports and immediate clean up operations were on.

The Strait of Malacca is a narrow, 805 km (500 mile) stretch of water between /west Part of Malaaysia dnd Sumatra, named after an Empire who ruled in 15th century.

Oil spills are potential disasters for coast and sea – this one reported to be of 18000 barrels is very small as compared to 175000 spilled at Gulf of Medico following offshore explosion. For clean up operations, oil dispersants and containment booms.

The other vessel involved was a bulk carier MV Waily registered in St Vincent and the Grenadines, which suffered minor damage. The tank suffered a 10-meter gash on the left side.

Regards - Sampathkumar
(Source & Photos : Reuters)


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