The bunker tanker Trident Star spilled about 70 tons of fuel in Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia. The vessel was docked at the ATB Vitol oil terminal and taking fuel on board, but one of the hose was leaking. Neither crew nor terminal staff took some adequate actions against the leak and into the water spilled sufficient quantity of fuel. Later the oil spot into the water enlarged and was spotted by the nearby dockworkers, who reported the environmental pollution to the local authorities. The authorities at Port of Tanjung Pelepas immediately dispatched Oil Spill Response Team and the situation was put relatively under control. The vessel was detained until further investigation for the accident, but the water and shore in the port of Tanjung Pelepas was seriously polluted.
The oil facilities in Malaysian port disturbed work at the container terminal, as the pollution extended to there too. The water into the terminal was dirty and many container carriers canceled their calls at the port due to water pollution. The cleansing operation lasted for several days, but not yet completed. The authorities at Port of Tanjung Pelepas surrounded the oil spot by booms. The investigation is under way and the tanker was arrested, as the fines far exceeded insurance and tanker’s cost. The crew is also suspect of criminal investigation due to negligence and cause water pollution.
“We have been working very closely with the local government authorities and experts to resolve the incident as quickly as possible”, said representative of Port of Tanjung Pelepas to Maritime Herald.
The bunker tanker Trident Star (IMO: 9062269) has overall length of 103.00 m, moulded beam of 15.00 m and maximum draft of 6.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 4,999 DWT and the gross tonnage is 3177 GRT. The product tanker was built in 1993 by Higaki Shipbuilding in Japan. The vessel is operating as bunker tanker and suspect in cheats and illegal bunkering of fishing ships offshore.