East Coast Park smelled like a petrol station yesterday.
The stench of oil had park users speculating if it had come from an oil spill which resulted after a tanker and bulk carrier collided yesterday morning.
They were right.
In a joint statement by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore and the National Environment Agency (NEA), the authorities confirmed that the smell was a result of the oil spill from the tanker.
Lighter portions of the oil could have evaporated which may have caused the smell.
The statement also said that the smell had subsided by late afternoon, and that there was no cause for alarm as NEA's monitoring has detected no toxic chemicals in the air.
When The New Paper team checked to see how bad the oil spill was yesterday, we noticed a faint whiff at Changi Village. The smell worsened when we got to East Coast Park.
The slick has not reached the beaches.