Siphoning of oil in sunken vessel to start Tuesday-A A +A
Saturday, September 7, 2013
CEBU CITY -- Experts from Japan arrived Saturday to prepare the siphoning operation of around 60 tons of bunker oil left inside the sunken m/v St. Thomas de Aquinas of 2GO Shipping company in the vicinity of Lauis Ledge.
Preparation includes securing the salvage tug with two anchors. Divers will then tie the salvage tug to the sunken vessel with two nylon hawsers. The siphoning process will start on September 10, Tuesday.
The salvage tug Trabajador 1 is now at the Mactan channel to perform the siphoning of oil and protect Cebu's marine and coastal ecosystems.
The tugboat is operated under the supervision of Nippon Salvage and Malayan Towage firms. Trabajador 1 carried special equipment from Japan that included work barge 'Maria Bnr Delia 1' that carries 12 oil recovery tanks. Each tank can accommodate 16 kilo liters of oil.
It is also fitted with a special diving equipment to enable divers to be 50 meters underwater longer. MV St. Thomas Aquinas lies some 50 meters underwater on the seabed on its port side.
2GO officials reported to Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III on Friday that life in Cordova town slowly goes back to normal.
Cordova was badly affected by the oil spill that was caused by the collision of Aquinas and m/v Express Siete of Philippine Span Asia Carrier Corporation.
A presentation by 2Go assistant vice president Angelito Salvio showed little crabs and a white heron in the mangroves, a confirmation that the oil spill has not wiped out marine life.
Salvio said clean-up efforts will continue, although the activities are now closer to “normal” than in the early days when these were on crisis mode. (Sunnex with PR)