Bunga Kelana 3 incident

May 25, 2010

Bunga Kelana 3 incident

Bunga Kelana 3 incident

AET, operators of the 1998 double-hull crude oil aframax tanker Bunga Kelana 3, confirm that a collision occurred with the bulk carrier Waily in the Singapore Strait earlier today. Bunga Kelana 3 has suffered some damage and a quantity of cargo has leaked. However, oil booms are being placed around the leaked cargo to contain the spill. The condition of the other vessel is stable.

The incident took place at approximately 0603h local time. The Bunga Kelana 3 is reported to have been hit by the bow of the other vessel as Bunga Kelana 3 was travelling from east to west in the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) of the Singapore Strait.

Bunga Kelana 3 has made her way, under her own power, and is now safely anchored south of Changi East in the Singapore Strait.

No injuries are reported at this point.

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26 May 2010

Bunga Kelana 3 update

The internal transfer of cargo onboard aframax tanker Bunga Kelana 3 is currently underway at Changi East, Singapore following the collision yesterday when Bunga Kelana 3 was hit by the bulk carrier Waily in the Singapore Strait. Upon completion of the oil transfer, underwater damage assessment of the vessel will take place.

Pending the damage assessment, Bunga Kelana 3 will move from her current position to another anchorage in close co-ordination with authorities in Singapore and Malaysia.

Bunga Kelana 3 was struck by the vessel Waily at 0603h local time on 25 May while travelling from east to west in the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) of the Singapore Strait. The incident caused significant damage to the vessel’s hull and resulted in a spill of Bintulu light crude oil that is now being cleaned up by specialists using a small armada of boats.

Under the guidance of Singapore’s MPA, the clean-up operations involving AET and other parties continued well into the night, with a total of 15 emergency response craft deployed at the scene, equipped with 50 tons of dispersant and 4000 metres of boom. Efforts resumed early this morning, with the addition of more than 100 personnel deployed along the shoreline in case the spill reaches the coast.

AET is also cooperating fully with Malaysian authorities in readiness of possible clean-up operations along the south eastern coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

No injuries have been reported as a result of the collision.

AET would like to extend its gratitude to the MPA and all other partners in Singapore and Malaysia for their professionalism and continuing support during this incident.

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31 May 2010

Bunga Kelana 3 update

AET reports that the Bunga Kelana 3 is safely anchored off Johor and is awaiting transfer of the remainder of her cargo under the supervision of the Malaysian Marine Department (MARDEP).

The damaged vessel is secured and her remaining cargo is being removed for onward transshipment. Transfer of the balance of her cargo to a sister ship (Bunga Kelana 7) began at 1712hrs on Saturday 29 May. Preparations for further transfer of cargo are expected to start at 1200hrs today (Monday 31 May). The discharge is expected to take up to 36 hours to complete, in a slow and controlled transfer; and only with approval of MARDEP.

The remaining oil will be discharged from the Bunga Kelana 3 under tightly controlled conditions. All necessary precautions will be taken to ensure no oil seepage and the entire transfer operation will be closely monitored by AET Superintendents who have joined the ship exclusively to supervise this discharge.

Upon completion of the oil transfer, underwater damage assessment of the vessel will take place.

AET is also cooperating fully with Malaysian authorities in readiness of possible clean-up operations along the south eastern coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

No injuries have been reported as a result of the collision.

AET would like to extend its gratitude to the MPA and all other Government authorities in Singapore and Malaysia for their professionalism and continuing support during this incident.

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