Ship collision in Singapore Strait caused minor oil spill
A collision Sunday in the Singapore Strait involving the 'Sea Liberty' and the 'Arabian Express' left a small oil spill from the 'Sea Liberty' that was cleaned up by four anti-pollution craft, the port of Singapore’s maritime authority said Monday.
The 15,095-gross-ton 'Arabian Express,' a Panama-registered containership, sustained minor damage to its forward ballast tank. The 22,009-gross-ton 'Sea Liberty,' a Malta-registered bulk carrier, reported damage to its crew accommodations and engine room. Semco and Smit International, two salvage companies, were on the scene at the request of the owners of the 'Sea Liberty.'
At the time of the collision, the 'Sea Liberty' was transiting westbound and the 'Arabian Express' was departing Singapore, after leaving the Brani Container Terminal.
No injuries were reported on either ship, the maritime authority said in a statement.