Owners forced to pay up to clean Johor boxship collision

Each of the two shipowners involved in Tuesday’s container ship collision in Johor Port in Malaysia have been ordered to pay a RM1m ($223,000) bond to the government to clean up the resulting bunker spill.

APL Denver is owned by Germany’s HLL Pacific Schiffahrts and Wan Hai 301 is owned by Wan Hai Lines Singapore and operated by Taiwan’s Wan Hai Lines.

In the incident, Wan Hai 301 allegedly suffered a power outage due to a generator failure. The ship lost steering and rammed the APL Denver which was at berth. The impact tore a hole in the APL Denver’s hull, causing it to leak about 300 tons of heavy fuel oil into the Johor Strait. Patches of oil even drifted over into 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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