Coast Guard suspends trips of all sea vessels in areas affected by TD ‘Usman’
Marje Pelayo • December 27, 2018 • 4245
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard has ordered the suspension of trips of all sea vessels in the Bicol Region due to the effects of tropical depression ‘Usman’.
The order covers all types of vessels and watercrafts plying the routes to and from Sorsogon, Masbate and Ticao Island in Luzon; Northern Samar, Samar, Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Northern Cebu and Camotes Island in Visayas; and Dinagat Island in Mindanao.
The order takes effect on Thursday (December 27).
The PCG-Surigao also suspended all sea travels from Surigao City in Surigao del Norte.
Meanwhile, bus operations with RoRo trips crossing areas placed under Signal Number 1 were also suspended, according to a directive from Chairman Martin Delgra of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
The PCG said all trips will resume once the weather and sea condition improves in the affected areas. – Marje Pelayo
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has commissioned into service one of its two new Airbus H145 light twin-engine helicopters.
In a statement, the PCG said its Commandant, Vice Admiral George Ursabia graced the “simple and private ceremony” on Thursday at the Coast Guard Aviation Force Hangar in the Domestic Airport Complex.
The PCG said the new air asset from Germany is a four-tonne-class twin-engine helicopter equipped with high-frequency radios, emergency flotation gear, fast roping, cargo sling, and searchlight.
It is also equipped with electro-optical systems to perform critical missions including search and rescue, medical evacuation, maritime patrol, and maritime law enforcement.
The PCG said that amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the new helicopter is being utilized in transporting personal protective equipment (PPE) sets and medical supplies in various cities and provinces across the country to support the nationwide battle for public health and safety.
A stranded pilot whale was rescued along the coastal waters of a private beach resort in Bagac, Bataan on Monday (June 15).
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) rescued the short-finned whale and immediately brought her to a nearby lagoon. Upon evaluation, the pilot whale was found to be weak and under stress. It is approximately three meters in length.
“The concerned veterinarian provided her with anti-stress antibiotics and took blood samples to further determine her health condition,” the PCG said in a post.
The PCG said they will continue to monitor the whale until full recovery before releasing it back into the ocean. AAC
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Thursday said it has deployed a response team to conduct a survey and inspection operations on a dredger that ran aground off the coast of Botolan, Zambales.
The PCG said the Chinese-registered dredger, MV Zhong Hai 69 Alfa, was grounded last Sunday, June 14 approximately 200 meters off Barangay Bangan.
The survey and inspection conducted by the PCG response team showed that the vessel’s engine room and its compartments have been flooded with seawater.
The team, however, assured there are no signs of oil leaking from the grounded dredger.
The PCG-Zambales said the operator of the ship, Z2K Resources Inc., has pledged to procure additional bilge pumps to be used in the dewatering of the flooded vessel.
PCG Commandant Vice-Admiral George Ursabia Jr. assured that the salvage of the grounded dredger will be strictly supervised by the PCG and that there will be continuous monitoring of the situation.
“The PCG remains on top of the situation. We do not want to add another burden to the current crisis we are facing. Most of all, we do not want the local residents in the area to bear the negative consequences of this situation, especially with the possible harm it can cause to the local marine environment,” Ursabia said.
The PCG is now working round-the-clock to supervise the salvaging of the dredger, he added.
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