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The oil spill has reached Tanjung Balau beach. Pic by NSTP/ courtesy of Johor Marine Department

KOTA TINGGI: Johor Marine Department detected a one kilometre oil spill along Tanjung Balau waters here this afternoon.

Its director Dickson Dollah said the oil spill was discovered during a patrol at the area at about 3pm.

He said some of the oil spill has reached Tanjung Balau beach.

“We haven’t confirmed the type of oil yet, but it’s black in colour and we believe it’s marine fuel oil.

“We also haven’t confirmed the vessel responsible as we’ve been informed that there were no vessels at the area that could be involved in spilling the oil.

“We have informed Johor Environment Department and they will conduct a check tomorrow,” he said in a statement tonight.

Johor Marine Department detected a one kilometre oil spill along Tanjung Balau waters here this afternoon. Pic by NSTP/ courtesy of Johor Marine Department

Dickson said a boat from the Marine Department Southern Region has been ordered to do the clean-up and will depart from Tanjung Pengelih towards the location at 6am tomorrow.

He added that ‘Oil Spill Response’ team has also been ordered to prepare additional tools such as the absorbent boom and petrol supply to Tanjung Pengelih tonight.

“Pengerang local authority has also been informed to help with beach clean-up,” he said.

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