Various agencies involved in oil spill clean-up off Tanjung Tuan to Teluk Kemang, says Melaka Fire and Rescue Dept

Work to clean up the oil spill being carried out in the mangrove area in Tanjung Tuan, October 18, 2020. — Bernama pic
Work to clean up the oil spill being carried out in the mangrove area in Tanjung Tuan, October 18, 2020. — Bernama pic

ALOR GAJAH, Oct 18 — Various agencies and departments in Melaka have been mobilised to assist in the clean-up operation following the oil spill incident off Tanjung Tuan here to Teluk Kemang in Negri Sembilan.

Among the agencies are the Melaka Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) as well as Melaka and Negri Sembilan Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA).

Melaka JBPM head of Operations and Station Management Branch Zulkhairani Ramli said its role was to collect, control, absorb and remove the oil spill.

He said the work was done using special equipment such as absorbent boom, personal flotation device (PFD), personal protective equipment (PPE), rescue rope and aluminum boat.

Meanwhile, Melaka and Negri Sembilan Maritime operation officer Maritime Lieutenant Aieri Nizzam Norizan said a helicopter was also deployed to conduct aerial surveillance of the affected waters.

Aieri Nizzam said six Maritime personnel were also deployed to maintain staff safety and assist in terms of logistics, while six other personnel were involved in assisting other agencies in the clean-up work in the coastal areas.

Earlier, Department of Environment (DOE) director-general Norlin Jaafar said an estimated 80 per cent of the clean-up work had been completed.

“The oil spill which was detected on October 12, polluted the coastal area for two kilometres, from Pantai Cermin (in Negri Sembilan) to the Tanjung Tuan mangrove forest in Melaka.

“The clean-up operation is affected by various factors including weather and tides, the affected physical area, the impact magnitude and oil spill residue that remained in the sea,” she said. — Bernama

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