Oil spill forces Maersk Line to shift ships from PTP to Singapore

Oil spill forces Maersk Line to shift ships from PTP to Singapore

A 60 metric ton oil spill at Tanjung Bin on August 24 is badly affecting operations at the Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) to the point where Maersk Line has sent a note to clients today saying it will have to divert a number of ships from PTP to neighbouring Singapore.

The accident happened nine days ago while the tanker Trident Star was taking on bunker fuel at a terminal controlled by VTTI, the storage division of the world’s largest oil trader Vitol. At the time spokespeople at PTP played down the impact of the spill, telling Splash operations were carrying on as normal. This is patently not the case however.

“As part of the ongoing contingency plan, we will be diverting a number of vessels from Tanjung Pelepas to Singapore,” Maersk Line said in a note to clients today. Initially, five ships will be diverted.

In addition to this, Maersk Line is in the process of moving Australian import shipments which were awaiting onwards connections in Tanjung Pelepas, to Singapore.

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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3 Comments

  1. Brian R. McCaughrin
    September 2, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Good Morning Everyone: This is amazing How World Largest Oil Broker: VITOL, Play’s Down The Oil Spill of Sixty (60) Tons in The Port of Tanjung Bin, and play dumb to it..Sixty, (60) Tons of Oil Floating in Any Harbor, Is huge mass to clean up..Maybe VITOL should be fined $60Billion dollars, Will catch their attention, Not to do it again? Funny Now VITOL…

  2. Brian R. McCaughrin
    September 2, 2016 at 9:33 am

    I am Curious that it was PTP who Played Down the Incident, but Vitol was Quiet. Who is Really At Fault Here? Tanker? PTP? Or Commodity Giant Vitol?

  3. Brian R. McCaughrin
    September 4, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    I, say both, both are directly responsible for this major mess of #60 billion gallons, No mater how it plays out. PTP, playing stupid, and Vitol, Playing it down, Da, Both PTP, and Vitol should have their operating license revoked immediately, Fined $60,000,000,000B each, and clean up the mess to make sure this does not happen again. This sent a very strong warning to other firms in region, That this kind unethical business behavior is not tolerated anywhere, and expect to pay stiff fine!