Authorities are working on containing an oil spill resulting from a collision between the Sinica Graeca bulk carrier and Chemroad Mega oil/chemical tanker in Johor waters that took place on Thursday, August 17.
There have been no casualties reported from the incident, however; the Marshall Islands-flagged bulker suffered considerable hull damage.
The two ships crashed off Tompok Utara near Pengerang, Kota Tinggi.
Local authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
Oil booms have been deployed to the scene along with dispersant spraying systems, Malaysian Marine Department said.
The 30, 400 DWT handy chemical tanker, built in 2000, is owned by Iino Marine Service from Japan, and has a market value of USD 9.08 million.
The Ultramax bulk carrier Sinica Graeca, built in May 2015, is owned by Greek-based shipowner Angelakos.
The owners of the vessels have been asked to post a USD 1.16 million bond in response to the oil spill, Bernama news agency informed citing the country’s transport ministry.
Both vessels have been detained while the spill recovery activities enter their third day.
World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: Jabatan Laut Malaysia