Tanker collision spills oil onto Singapore wetlands

Workers shovel oil off of the Jawa wetlands on Friday in Singapore.

Louisiana isn’t the only place dealing with oil on its beaches and in its wetlands this weekend.

Singapore parks officials said Friday that oil spilled in the collision of a tanker with another ship on Tuesday had washed into the country’s Chek Jawa wetlands, according to a report in the Straits Times newspaper.

The wetlands are “home to unique ecosystems and the last refuge of several plants and animals once common in the country,” the Straits Times reported.

The oil washing ashore also forced the closing of a stretch of Changi Beach, according to the paper’s report.

Meanwhile, The Star newspaper in nearby Malaysia said the authorities had been unable to contain the spill and it was now threatening Malaysian beaches at Tanjung Ayam, north of Singapore on the Malay Peninsula.

“We are doing our best to prevent the slick from reaching the beach area with the cooperation of the Southern Region Marine Department. We are installing booms at the affected area,” Zulkifli Abdul Rahman, director of the Johor Department of Environment was quoted as saying.

The spill of about 2,000 metric tons of crude oil occurred early Tuesday morning when a Malaysian-registered tanker collided with a bulk carrier registered from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, authorities said.

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