Coast Guard monitoring possible oil-spill in Iloilo straight

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Monday, January 20, 2014


THE Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is monitoring the Iloilo Strait for signs of possible oil spill after two shipping vessels collided last Sunday morning.

Commodore Athelo Ybanez, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Western Visayas district commander, said that a team from the Marine Environmental Protection Command (Mepcom) has been deployed near the site where the M/V Sportivo sank to avert a potential oil spill.

M/V Sportivo, which was loaded with 28,000 sacks of fertilizer, was said to be carrying 12,000 liters of bunker fuel when it sank after colliding with cargo vessel M/V Jehan 5. All the 29 crew of the two vessels were rescued and brought to safety.

"Ang [M/V] Sportivo nabutasan kaya lumubog pero yung butas niya malayo dun sa fuel tanks. Meron nakita oil sheen possible galing sa oil and water mixture kasinung nakita nagkakaroon ng wastage," Ybanez said.

He said the ship's owner See Sam Shipping Inc. plans to refloat the ill-fated vessel after a thorough assessment by its insurer. (Sunnex)

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