We’ve already spent P55M: 2GO-A A +A
Saturday, October 5, 2013
AT least P55 million has already been spent by 2GO Group Inc. to address the oil spill caused by the sinking of their passenger vessel m/v St. Thomas Aquinas near Lauis Ledge, Talisay City last August.
This was disclosed by an official of 2Go after Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 Executive Director Isabelo Montejo penned the letter demanding that the company and the Philippine Span Asia Carrier Corp. (PSACC) pay P41.7 million for the damage caused by the oil spill.
PSACC is the owner of the cargo vessel m/v Sulpicio Express Siete that collided with Aquinas last Aug. 16, resulting to the latter’s sinking.
After sinking more than 100 feet from the surface, Aquinas has leaked oil that affected the coastal areas of the town of Cordova.
Lito Salvio, 2Go’s assistant vice president for shipping management, said their company has already spent P55 million to address the oil spill.
The amount is at least P13 million more compared to the amount that DENR is demanding them to pay.
The shipping company had tapped the services of Malayan Towage who is said to be a “global oil spill expert” to help address the oil spill.
Malayan Towage deployed two tugboats and used a oil spill boom, solvent boom pads and sprayed chemical dispersants for several weeks to contain the leakage.
The company also hired some of the fishermen in Cordova whose livelihoods were affected by the oil spill in a food-for-work program.
It also conducted clean up operations in the affected area.
In a news conference yesterday, Salvio said the coastal area of Cordova affected by the oil spill is already 90 to 95 percent cleaned.
He said it is expected to be completely cleaned in less than a month.
Asked if they have already received the demand letter from DENR, Salvio said not yet.
Once they receive it, Salvio said they will refer the matter to the company’s legal department for report or recommendation.
When Aquinas sank, it was carrying 20,000 liters of diesel fuel, 120,000 liters of bunker or crude fuel and 20,000 liters of lube oil.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 05, 2013.