Beachfront in parts of East Coast Park closed amid oil spill, Sentosa beaches open but no swimming allowed

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Jun 15, 2024, 08:08 PM

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Jun 15, 2024, 08:00 PM

SINGAPORE - A large section of the beachfront in East Coast Park will be closed to the public amid cleanup efforts in the aftermath of an oil spill resulting from a ship accident in Pasir Panjang Terminal.

The beachfront closure in East Coast Park will stretch from Area B to Area H.

The jetty and rocky shore at Labrador Nature Reserve will also be closed, said the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), National Parks Board (NParks), National Environment Agency (NEA), Sentosa Development Corporation in a joint statement on June 15.

In Sentosa, the Tanjong, Palawan, and Siloso beaches will remain open, but water activities and swimming will not be allowed.

Food and beverage establishments, tracks, fields, and cycling paths remain open, the statement said.

The oil spill is the result of an incident involving the Netherlands-flagged dredging boat Vox Maxima and the Singapore-flagged bunker vessel Marine Honour, which was stationary, on June 14.

Due to the tidal current, the oil has landed along shorelines including Sentosa, Labrador Nature Reserve, Southern Islands, Marina South Pier, and East Coast Park, the statement said.

“Oil spill from the vessel has been contained an...

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