Motor tanker, cargo ship collide in waters off Cavite City — PCG

Robie de Guzman   •   April 8, 2021   •   327

MANILA, Philippines — A motor tanker and a bulk carrier collided in the vicinity waters of Cavite City, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) reported on Thursday.

The PCG said the incident between the motor tanker Rich Rainbow and bulk carrier Ivy Alliance occurred on April 7 about three nautical miles from Cavite City.

Personnel from the Coast Guard Station Cavite responded to the collision after receiving a call about the incident around 9:50 p.m., the PCG said, adding that its sub-stations in Noveleta and Kawit also rendered necessary assistance.

Initial investigation showed that Thailand-registered tanker Rich Rainbow was loaded with gasoline while Ivy Alliance, which is registered under the flag of Marshall Islands, was carrying coal.

The PCG said the motor tanker was departing the Philippines and was en route to China while the bulk carrier was sailing towards the country from Indonesia when the incident occurred.

The Coast Guard said it deployed the BRP Malabrigo (MRRV-4402) to conduct an assessment on the maritime incident and ensure the safety of the crew.

“Per assessment of the BRP Malabrigo (MRRV-4402), Ivy Alliance incurred approximately 10-15 meters horizontal long hole at her forward starboard bow above the waterline, while Rich Rainbow incurred approximately 15 to 20 meters horizontal long hole from her starboard bow to starboard beam above the waterline,” the PCG said.

While waiting for the marine protests that will be filed by the concerned shipping companies, the PCG said its Coast Guard Station Cavite will prepare for the availability of technical experts who will conduct marine casualty investigation.

“As of 08:51 a.m. today, 08 April 2021, the Port State Control shall issue a notice of detention for both foreign vessels pursuant to the investigation,” the PCG said.

PCG recovers 2 bodies of missing swimmers in waters off Camotes Island

Robie de Guzman   •   April 23, 2021

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), on Friday, reported that it has recovered the bodies of two persons at the vicinity waters off the Camotes Island in Cebu.

In a statement, the PCG said locals and the search and rescue team of the San Francisco Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) found the bodies of the two men.

The PCG said 19-year old Jhon Mark Heriodas was found by a resident at the vicinity waters off Barangay San Isidro, while 21-year-old Clark Paradero was recovered by the search and rescue team at the adjacent waters of Canlusong Wharf.

The cadavers were turned over to San Francisco Funeral Services for proper disposition, the PCG said.

The two were last seen swimming off Camotes Island on April 19 with six others. Their companions were rescued by the San Francisco MDRRMO.

3 dead, 7 rescued from grounded ship off Surigao del Norte

Robie de Guzman   •   April 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Three bodies of crew members of a sea vessel that ran aground in vicinity waters of Surigao del Norte have been found, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said Wednesday.

In an update, the PCG said it has also rescued seven crew members of the LCT Cebu Great Ocean but 10 are still missing.

The PCG identified one of the fatalities as Norman Galon, who was found by residents along the shoreline of Barnagay Bilte in San Francisco.

The two other fatalities were found along the shoreline of Barangay Jubgan in San Francisco but the PCG has yet to release their identities.

The rescued individuals were Noli Labucay, Roger Polo (Chief Mate), Arjie Bacarar, Joejie Villanueva, Felipe Quebuen, John Renzo Guanzon, and another who is yet to be identified.

They are currently receiving medical assistance in various hospitals in Surigao del Norte, the PCG said.

The agency on Tuesday reported that LCT Cebu Great Ocean ran aground near the coastline of Barangay Cantapoy. Its 20 crew members were reported missing.

The PCG and the Philippine National Police-Maritime Group (PNP-MARIG) said their search and rescue (SAR) operations will continue to look for other missing crew members.

A land mobility vehicle has also been deployed to conduct patrol operations along the shorelines of Malimono and San Francisco.

“Several PCG personnel continue to provide assistance to the survivors at the Malimono Regional Health Unit and the Caraga Regional for their speedy recovery. They are also on standby for the swift admission and provision of medical care to other survivors who will be rescued,” the PCG said.

Pila ng mga truck na stranded sa Matnog Port, umabot na sa 4 kilometro — PCG

Robie de Guzman   •   April 20, 2021

Umabot na sa apat na kilometro ang haba ng mga truck na kasalukuyang nakapila sa Matnog Port sa Sorsogon, ayon sa Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).

Ayon sa PCG, humaba ang pila ngayong Martes dahil kabuuang 302 rolling cargo na ang nakatigil ngayon sa pantalan habang naghihintay ng panunumbalik ng shipping operation.

Aabot rin sa 889 pasahero, tsuper ng mga truck at cargo helper ang stranded sa nasabing pantalan.

Simula noong Biyernes, Abril 16 ay suspendido na ang biyahe ng mga sasakyang pandagat sa Matnog Port bilang pag-iingat sa posibleng pinsala ng bagyong Bising.

Sa obserbasyon ng PCG Station Sorsogon kaninang Martes ng umaga, ‘moderate sea condition’ at ‘moderate winds’ ang nararanasan ngayon sa Matnog Port ngunit wala pang utos hinggil sa muling paglalayag ng mga sasakyang pandagat.

Sa pinakahuling ulat ng Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Service Administration (PAGASA), napanatili ng bagyo ng lakas nito habang mabagal na kumikilos patungo sa direksyon ng Quezon.

Huli itong namataan 475 kilometro silangan ng Infanta, Quezon taglay ang lakas ng hanging aabot sa 175 kilometro kada oras malapit sa gitna at pagbugsong aabot sa 215 kilometro kada oras.

Sa pagtaya ng PAGASA, patuloy na hihina ang bagyo sa mga susunod na araw at maaaring ibaba na lamang sa severe tropical storm pagsapit ng araw ng Sabado o Linggo.

Samantala, tiniyak naman ng PCG na 24-oras na bukas ang DOTr Malasakit Help Desk para magbigay ng ayuda sa mga naipit na pasahero.

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