Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ strands over 6,500 passengers in various ports
Robie de Guzman • December 3, 2019 • 459
MANILA, Philippines – More than 6,000 passengers were left stranded in various ports in the country as typhoon ‘Tisoy’ (international name: Kammuri) continues to dump rains in parts of Luzon and the Visayas.
Based on the monitoring of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), as of 8 a.m. Tuesday (Dec. 3), a total of 6,523 passengers were stranded in various port terminals in Central Visayas, Southern Tagalog, Western Visayas, Bicol, Eastern Visayas, and Southern Visayas.
Operations of a total 1,611 rolling cargoes, 127 vessels, and 63 motorbancas were also temporarily suspended due to the inclement weather condition.
Around 247 vessels and 142 motorbancas, meanwhile, took shelter as of Tuesday morning.
The PCG also posted photos on its Facebook page on its efforts to evacuate residents from coastal areas as ‘Tisoy’ continues to pummel parts of the country.
Among those evacuated were some residents from Isla Puting Bato in Tondo, Manila.
Some 2,000 residents from municipalities of Buhi and Caramoan in Camarines Sur were also evacuated.
Meanwhile, the PCG reiterated its advisory that no vessel will be allowed to sail when a tropical cyclone warning signal is raised in an area due to big waves and strong winds brought about by the typhoon.
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) immediately dispatched BRP Boracay to help in the fire incident involving a Philippine-registered cargo vessel, MV Moreta Venture southwest off Marikaban Island in Batangas around 4:53 a.m. Monday (July 20).
Commodore Leovigildo Panopio of the PCG-Southern Tagalog reported that there was no casualty in the incident.
The fire was immediately contained and declared fire out at around 8:00 a.m.
BRP Boracay (FPB-2401) was berthed in Sta. Clara, Batangas City when the PCG Command Center received a distress call from said cargo vessel.
Said cargo vessel, which is now dead on the water and drifting, will be towed to the nearest port for safety.
The PCG is now coordinating with the nearest tugboat in the vicinity waters for assistance.
The Philippine Coast Guard has filed a complaint against AC Energy, Inc. and its executives for the oil spill in Iloilo City last July 3.
The PCG filed the complaint at the Iloilo Provincial Prosecutor’s Office for violation of Section 107 of Republic Act 8550 or the Fisheries Code.
Based on the initial investigation of the PCG, they saw sufficient evidence to prove the negligence of the thermal energy firm.
If proven guilty, there will be an initial fine of P300,000 or up to P500,000 for damage. The company might also face suspension or closure.
“The PCG, as a law enforcement body in marine environmental protection, will ensure that the failure of one company serves as a relevant lesson to others. We need everyone’s cooperation to protect and conserve our limited marine resources,” said PCG Commandant Vice-Admiral George V. Ursabia Jr.
The Iloilo oil spill caused contamination in some coastal areas in the city and 23 affected communities. Around 400 families were displaced and marine organisms were damaged.
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.
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