Ship runs aground in Batangas due to rough seas – PCG

Robie de Guzman   •   October 26, 2020   •   200

A maritime incident has been reported in Maricaban, Batangas amid the onslaught of Typhoon Quinta in the country, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said on Monday.

The PCG said the vessel, identified as MC RoRo-12, ran aground at about 8 a.m. amid rough sea conditions.

The ship was located at Bonito Island in Tingloy, Maricaban, it added.

The PCG said personnel in its sub-station in Tingloy are now on their way to assist five crew members of the said vessel who are taking shelter at Bonito Island while waiting for a tug boat to provide towing assistance.

The agency has yet to provide more details on the incident.

1 dead, 22 rescued after boat capsizes off Quezon province

Robie de Guzman   •   November 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – One person died while 22 others were rescued on Monday after a passenger motorbanca sank off the town of Atimonan in Quezon province, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said.

The PCG said the boat, Gesu de Bambino, was carrying 17 passengers and six crew members and was on its way to Perez town when it capsized around 12:30 p.m. on Monday.

The coast guard said the incident occurred after the boat encountered engine trouble and strong waves.

“One of the six crew members died due to drowning,” the PCG reported.

All 17 passengers were successfully rescued and were immediately brought to Alabat, Quezon for further assistance, it added.

2 nabbed for allegedly pouring chemical into river in Batangas that caused huge foam

Robie de Guzman   •   August 20, 2020

Police on Thursday arrested two individuals in Tuy, Batangas for allegedly throwing chemical wastes into a river that caused a huge foam to appear in Barangays Sabang and Bayudbud.

Local authorities identified the suspects as Romano Cabrera, 46, and Mark Anthony Austria, 38. Both are residents of Tuy town.

Police said the two were apprehended following complaints from residents about a foul smell in the area in the afternoon of August 19.

When they proceeded to the area to verify the information, police allegedly found the two suspects cleaning 16 drums on the river’s shore.

Police said appropriate charges will be filed against them.

The local government of Tuy and the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office, meanwhile, said an investigation into the effects of the chemicals is underway. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Aris Silvestre)

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Cargo vessel rams into Pier of Manila North Harbor Port — PCG

Robie de Guzman   •   August 10, 2020

A portion of the pier of Manila North Harbor Port sustained damage after it was rammed by a cargo vessel on Monday, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said.

The PCG said the cargo vessel involved was MV Ocean Abundance, owned by Oceanic Container Lines Incorporated.

The agency said approximately five to ten meters of Pier 2 were damaged after the vessel hit it at around 3:10 a.m. on Monday.

Based on PCG’s initial probe, the ship had an engine problem and its reverse function malfunctioned.

Despite the damage on the pier as well on the vessel’s bow, the coast guard said there was no trace of oil spill in the area.

The incident is still being monitored, the PCG added.

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