Oil spill reaches Kusu, St John's isles
AN OIL slick off the coast of Marina South has reached Kusu and St John's islands, affecting large stretches of beaches on both islands.
The National Environment Agency issued a statement yesterday warning the public to stay away from the affected locations.
It also advised the public to avoid "primary contact activities" such as swimming, waterskiing and wakeboarding in the areas.
About 200m of the beach at Kusu Island, north of Lagoon No. 1, and 100m of the beach at St John's Island that is north of its jetty are closed for clean-up works.
On Thursday, the container ship NYK Themis and the barge AZ Fuzhou collided at East Keppel Fairway, about 4km south of Marina South.
NYK Themis reported that one of its bunker tanks sustained damage, and bunker fuel was spilled into the sea.
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore dispatched four boats to deal with the spill, and several companies were also activated to support its efforts.