Very Large Ore Carrier Spills Fuel Off Singapore

The Maritime Executive 27 Jul 16;

On Tuesday morning, the very large ore carrier Berge Bureya spilled approximately one ton of heavy fuel oil into the Straits of Malacca off of Tanjung Piai, Malaysia, just west of Singapore.

The vessel's owner, Berge Bulk, confirmed the spill in a statement, and said that there were no injuries, no grounding and no involvement of third parties.

The firm said that "whilst in transit between Singapore and Brazil, a quantity of oil was identified leaking from the vessel and the crew immediately enacted emergency procedures to halt the leakage and to start a prompt clean-up operation. Berge Bulk Maritime is cooperating closely with the Malaysian authorities in the management of the spill and the vessel was boomed following the incident. The oil leak was stemmed quickly."

Officials with the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency told local media that the spill had affected an area of approximately 20 nm, and that the vessel had been detained in accordance with the nation's environmental regulations.

As of Wednesday, the Bureya was at anchor off of Tanjung Piai.

The 300,000 dwt Bureya started life in 1993 as the oil tanker Seki. Berge bought her and converted her to a six-hold ore carrier in 2007. She carries up to 5,500 tons of fuel oil.

In 1994, as the tanker Seki, she was involved in a collision off of Fujairah in which her number one port wing tank was ruptured, spilling 16,000 tonnes of Iranian light crude.


Kapal Bawa Muatan HFO Bocor Di Perairan Tanjung Piai
Bernama 27 Jul 16;

JOHOR BAHARU, 27 Julai (Bernama) -- Sebuah kapal dagang asing yang membawa muatan minyak bahan bakar berat (HFO) mengalami kebocoran di perairan Tanjung Piai dekat sini, semalam.

Pengarah Agensi Penguatkuasaan Maritim Malaysia (APMM) Johor Baharu, Kapten Maritim Aminuddin Abd Rashid berkata kebocoran pada bahagian kanan kapal itu menyebabkan kira-kira satu tan HFO tumpah di permukaan air.

Kapal itu yang dikenali sebagai Berge Bureya dan didaftarkan di United Kingdom pada asalnya membawa keseluruhan HFO 5,495 tan metrik, katanya dalam kenyataan di sini hari ini.

Aminuddin berkata kebocoran disedari ketika kapal itu dalam perjalanan dari Singapura ke Brazil melalui Selat Melaka.

"Selepas itu, kapal tersebut bersauh di kedudukan tiga batu nautika barat Tanjung Piai bagi memindahkan minyak ke tangki lain. Kerja pembersihan oleh syarikat kapal tersebut masih dijalankan sehingga kini sambil dibantu Jabatan Alam Sekitar, Jabatan Laut dan APMM," katanya.

Beliau berkata kapal berkenaan ditahan dan disiasat di bawah Akta Kualiti Alam Sekeliling 1974.

-- BERNAMA

English translation from Google translate

"
Bring Cargo ship in the Sea of ​​HFO Leak Tanjung Piai


JOHOR BAHARU, July 27 (Bernama) - A foreign merchant ship laden with heavy fuel oil (HFO) leak in the waters off Tanjung Piai, near here, yesterday.

Director of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Johor Baharu, Captain Aminuddin Abd Rashid said the leak on the right side of the ship, causing about one ton of HFO spill on the water surface.

The ship was called Berge Bureya, registered in the United Kingdom was originally brought the whole HFO 5,495 tonnes, it said in a statement here today.

Aminuddin said the leak was discovered when the ship was en route from Singapore to Brazil through the Straits of Malacca.

"After that, the vessel is anchored in position three nautical miles west of Tanjung Piai to transfer the oil to another tank. The cleaning of the ship's company is still run until now and assisted the Department of Environment, Marine Department and MMEA," he said.

He said the vessel was detained and investigated under the Environmental Quality Act 1974.

- BERNAMA"


Oil slick off Johor after ship springs leak
The Rakyat Post 27 Jul 16;

A foreign merchant ship laden with 5,495 tonnes of heavy fuel oil (HFO) sprung a leak in the waters off Tanjung Piai, near here, yesterday.

Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Johor Baru director Capt (Maritime) Aminuddin Abd Rashid said the leak on the right side of the ship caused about one tonne of HFO to spill into the sea.

Aminuddin said the incident was discovered when the British-registered ship, heading towards Brazil from Singapore, was passing through the Malacca Strait.

The ship then anchored three nautical miles west of Tanjung Piai to transfer the fuel to another tanker.

“Cleaning up work of the spillage is underway and the shipping company is being assisted by the Department of Environment, the Marine Department and MMEA.

“However, the ship has been detained and is being investigated under the Environmental Quality Act 1974,” he said in a statement, here today.


Ore carrier Berge Bureya spilled oil in Singapore Strait
SVILEN PETROV Maritime Herald 28 Jul 16;

Berge Bureya spilled oil and caused water pollution in Singapore Strait.

The accident happened during bunkering operations at anchorage in Tanjung Piai area, Malaysia. One of the transfer hoses broke, which caused spill of about one ton of heavy fuel and water pollution.

The transfer of the fuel was stopped immediately and the crew reported to the local authorities about the accident. The ore carrier was surrounded by oil booms to restrict expansion of the spot and enlarger of the pollution. The bulk carrier is cooperating with Malaysian authorities in cleansing operations.

The ore carrier Berge Bureya was en route from from Brazil to China, but probably stopped for bunkering at the Singapore Strait. The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the accident and will determine who is responsible for environmental pollution.

The ore carrier Berge Bureya (IMO: 9036454) has overall length of 327.50 m, moulded beam of 58.00 m and maximum draft of 14.00 m. The vessel has deadweight of 293,239 DWT and gross tonnage of 155,823 GRT. The ore carrier Berge Bureya was built in 1993 by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering in South Korea. The manager and operator of the vessel is Berge Bulk Norway.


Berge Bureya Incident
Berge Bulk website 27 Jul 16;

Berge Bulk Maritime confirms that an incident involving its operated VLOC (Very Large Ore Carrier) “BERGE BUREYA” – (IMO/LR # 9297539) took place off Malaysia in the Malacca Strait earlier yesterday morning (July 26, 2016).

There were no injuries to any crew-members and there was no grounding or involvement of any third parties.

Whilst in transit between Singapore and Brazil, a quantity of oil was identified leaking from the vessel and the crew immediately enacted emergency procedures to halt the leakage and to start a prompt clean-up operation.

A quantity of bunker fuel was spilled and Berge Bulk Maritime is cooperating closely with the Malaysian authorities in the management of the spill and the vessel was boomed following the incident. The oil leak was stemmed quickly.

The company has now launched an investigation into the causes of this incident.

As additional information becomes available a further update will be issued.

For media inquiries contact:
Navigate Response:
Ed Ion Singapore +65 9111 6871 / Dustin Eno London +44 207283 9915


Vessel detained for causing oil spill
The Star 1 Aug 16;

JOHOR BARU: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has detained a United Kingdom-registered vessel after leaked fuel was found near Tanjung Piai waters.

The vessel was on its way from Singapore to Brazil when the incident occurred on Tuesday on the western coastal areas of Johor, along the Malacca Straits.

Johor Baru Maritime director Capt Aminuddin Abd Rashid said the vessel was ferrying 5,495 metric tonnes of Heavy Fuel Oil from the island republic to the South American country when there was a leak on the right side of the ship.

“MMEA received a report from the Department of Environment (DOE) about the leakage, and one of our patrol boat was ordered to find and detain the vessel for further action.

“The vessel had anchored some three nautical miles west of Tanjung Piai when they found the leakage and was in the midst of transferring the oil to another vessel,” he said in a statement.

Aminuddin added that the leakage had caused the heavy fuel oil to spill into the sea, covering some 20 nautical miles area.

He also said that the vessel’s company was currently conducting cleaning work around the affected area.

MMEA will continue to monitor their cleaning process to make sure all the areas have been cleaned and prevent the oil from reaching the coastal area, causing more damage, he said.

Aminuddin also added that MMEA would continue to work closely with the Marine Department and DOE to monitor pollution in Malaysian waters.

He said the vessel has been detained to assist with investigations by the DOE under the Environmental Quality Act 1974.

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