Generator failure led to Johor boxship collision

The failure of a generator on a Wan Hai ship led to the collision two days ago that created a serious bunker spill, the Johor Port Authority has revealed.

The Wan Hai 301 collided with the APL Denver in Malaysian waters near midnight on January 3, sparking Malaysian and Singaporean authorities into oil spill protection mode as 300 tons of bunker fuel spilled out of the APL Denver.

Johor Port is now back operating normally.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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