Malaysia-Singapore prepare for chemical spill in drill near Second Link


Get out now: Agencies from both countries involved in the exercise trying to evacuate the victims from the mini van.

GELANG PATAH: A massive “accident” involving four vehicles including a hazardous chemical tanker, a lorry, a mini bus and one car left 20 people injured during a mock emergency exercise here.

About 1.4km away from the Second Link checkpoint towards Singapore, the tanker was simulated to have skidded and hit the left road divider along the Second Link bridge.

The mini bus then slammed into tanker followed the bus was hit by a lorry and a car.

The lorry was transporting 10 drums of hydrochloric acid.

The impact of the collision damaged a valve causing a leakage of ammonia hydroxide, which spread to victims in the mini bus.

The mock drill was part of the 10th Malaysia-Singapore Joint Emergency Exercise for Chemical Spill.

Practice: The recovery team from Malaysia Pridechem trying to clean up chemical substances during the mock drill at the Second Link bridge.
Practice: The recovery team from Malaysia Pridechem trying to clean up chemical substances during the mock drill at the Second Link bridge

The event, held every two years, was jointly organised by Malaysia Department of Environment (DOE) and the Singapore National Environment Agency (NEA).

DOE director general Datuk Halimah Hassan said that emergency response was important and that emergency exercises also played a role in strengthening the efficiency of each agency to adhere to their standard operating procedures.

“Each year, about 110,000 tonnes of hazardous chemicals are transported between both countries and since the opening of the Second Link Crossing in Jan 1998, there is no such accident involving chemical spill recorded.

“Among the improvement recorded from the past few exercises includes communication, readiness and appropriate actions shown by both countries in dealing with the situation,” she told reporters on Thursday.

Washing off: The cleaning process for the teams during the drill.
Washing off: The cleaning process for the teams during the drill.

Halimah said from the exercise they would look back and improve on their SOPs for future cases.

NEA chief executive officer Ronnie Tay said such exercise was good at enhancing the preparations of agencies in both Singapore and Malaysia.

Meanwhile, Johor Fire and Rescue Department director Datuk Ab Ghani Daud said in 2014, about nine cases involving chemical spills were reported and this year so far seven cases have been recorded until April.

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