Oil spill: Cleanup of Sungai Rengit Beach, Teluk Ramunia, begins today

Oil spill: Cleanup of Sungai Rengit Beach, Teluk Ramunia, begins today

JOHOR BAHRU: The clean-up work on the beaches of Sungai Rengit and Teluk Ramunia following the marine fuel spill (MFO) in Pengerang waters officially started at 9.30 today.

State Health and Environment Committee chairman Ling Tian Soon said the ship’s insurance company, involved in the breach resulting in the spill, has appointed a contractor for the clean-up work and will bear the costs involved.

“A ship collision on Friday last week (June 14) at a port in Singapore has resulted in an oil spill of 400 tons.

“With the turbulent waves for several days, the oil spill has drifted into the waters of our country in Pengerang, and last Wednesday morning, traces of the oil spill were found on the shores of Sungai Rengit and Teluk Ramunia and have polluted about one kilometer of coastline here,” he said in a statement today.

He said the Johor Environment Department (DOE), Kota Tinggi District Office, Marine Department, and related agencies will monitor the works to ensure that the polluted coastal area and sea surface are cleaned and the situation returns to normal.

Ling said the Johor DOE will also continue to work with the Singapore Environment Department to ensure that the oil pollution incident can be resolved effectively.

Yesterday, he was reported to have said that the Johor DOE is actively conducting follow-up monitoring of the violation case between the Vox Maxima from the Netherlands and the Marine Honor oil tanker from Singapore at the Pasir Panjang Terminal, Singapore.

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