24 June Update on Joint Oil Spill and Monitoring Operations

Bulk Oil Removal Near Completion, Specialized Clean-Up Begins

Progress Update:

  • Bulk oil removal from sea and beaches is nearly done.
  • No oil slicks observed along East Coast and Changi since June 18.
  • 550 tonnes of oil-soaked sand and debris collected.
  • Over 700 personnel deployed since June 14 for clean-up operations.

Next Phase:

  • Focus on removing trapped oil in coastal areas, waterside infrastructures, and rock bunds.
  • Specialized resources and equipment will be used.
  • Estimated three months for heavy impacted areas like Sentosa’s Tanjong and Palawan beaches.
  • Less impacted areas to be cleaned sooner, with progressive reopening of beaches.

Ongoing Efforts:

  • Monitoring and cleaning operations continue, especially in biodiversity-sensitive areas.
  • Public advised against swimming at affected beaches until water quality normalizes.
  • Sentosa Cove less affected due to early containment measures.
  • Vessel movements in Sentosa Cove halted until safe to resume.

Additional Areas:

  • Clean-up around Pasir Panjang Container Terminal largely complete.
  • No oil observed at Eastern Anchorages, Changi, and Pasir Ris Park beaches.
  • Precautionary measures in place at West Coast Park, Chek Jawa Wetlands, Pasir Ris Park, and Coney Island Park.

Community Involvement:

  • Over 1,500 volunteers interested in helping.
  • Ongoing biodiversity impact monitoring by volunteers and marine experts.

Public Safety:

  • Local fish safe to consume; air and water quality within safe levels.
  • Beachfront businesses remain open, except those affected by closures.


  • Remaining oil on MARINE HONOUR being transferred; expected to take 1-2 weeks.
  • Collaboration with Malaysian authorities on oil slick observations off Johor.

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