The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has clarified that the vessel which capsized in the waters off Pengerang in Johor was not a Singapore-registered ship. A Malaysian maritime official had said the vessel, MT Po Lai, was Singapore-registered.
The mini-tanker capsized while transferring fuel to another vessel. The head of Malaysia's Maritime Enforcement Agency southern region, Zulkifli Abu Bakar, said the agency was alerted to the sinking early Monday morning.
He said the ship capsized after having problems stabilising itself. But the ship's crew managed to escape to another vessel and are not injured.
Mr Zulkifli added that the Replica Watches Johor environmental authorities are monitoring the ship, as there's a likelihood of an oil spill from the vessel and also for the safety of passing ships.
Source: channelnewsasia.com, 7 December 2010