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Collision causes oil spill off Singapore

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A massive clean-up operation is underway to mop up an oil spill in Asia’s busiest shipping lane.

It comes after an oil tanker and a bulk carrier collided in waters between Malaysia and Singapore, spilling an estimated 2,500 tonnes of oil.

No one on board either vessel was injured in the crash.

Singapore’s port authorities say the slick measures about four kilometres and is about six kilometres south of the country’s south-eastern tip.

Around 20 vessels are involved in the mop-up operation which could last several weeks.

Official say the spill should be contained by retaining booms and traffic should not be disrupted.