East Coast Park beach of Singapore has been hit by an oil slick. Clean-up operations have been started along a 400-metre section of the beach from today morning.
In a press statement, National Environment Agency (NEA) said, “As of this morning, the affected stretch of East Coast Beach near Car Park F2 and the Bougainvillea Garden has been temporarily closed to beach-goers until further notice, to facilitate the clean-up of the affected area by NEA’s contractors.
NEA officers found the oil patch yesterday and started the clean-up today at first light.
A spokesman advised members of the public to exercise caution when visiting the beach and to avoid the affected stretches where clean-up operations are ongoing.
NEA is also closely monitoring the quality of the seawater, it said.
Meanwhile, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said separately that it had deployed patrol boats equipped with oil dispersants to the area. But its officers did not find further oil slicks at sea.
The MPA is currently investigating the situation.