Singapore to seek compensation from owner of ship that was hit in oil spill incident


Singapore-flagged bunker vessel Marine Honour, which was involved in the incident, anchored in the Western Anchorage on June 18. - ST

SINGAPORE: Singapore’s government agencies will seek compensation for the costs incurred after the June 14 oil spill from the owner of the Singapore-flagged ship that leaked fuel after it was hit by another vessel.

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said on Thursday (June 20) that the shipowner of bunker vessel Marine Honour is liable for the costs incurred and that the ship has insurance coverage to meet this liability.

It said that this falls under the Merchant Shipping (Civil Liability and Compensation for Oil Pollution) Act 1998, which gives effect to the International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage 1969, which was revised in 1992.

MPA said Singapore’s government agencies will seek compensation for the “cost of all measures taken to contain and clean up the spill, including where damage was caused to infrastructure” after the cleanup operation.

“Costs for measures reasonably taken after the spill, resulting economic losses and environmental damage arising from the contamination can be assessed for claims,” it added.

Affected parties can e-mail British Marine, the insurer of Marine Honour, at marinehonour@helmsmanlaw.com for third-party claims.

On June 14, Netherlands-flagged dredging boat Vox Maxima hit Marine Honour at the Pasir Panjang Terminal, leaking 400 tonnes of fuel into the sea.

The Singapore authorities said in a joint statement on June 20 that the beaches on St John’s, Lazarus and Kusu islands have been cleared of oily sand as at 5pm on June 19. The northern part of Pasir Panjang Terminal has also been cleared of oil slicks.

The last time a large amount of oil leaked into Singapore’s waters was in 2014, when three ship collisions in January and February caused a total of 760 tonnes of fuel to pollute Singapore’s waters. - The Straits Times/ANN

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