ZAMBOANGA CITY – A foreign-owned tanker and the newest boat of the Philippine Navy, BRP-Tarlac, collided early Tuesday off shore this city, a military official said.
Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM) Commander Jorge Amba said the collision occurred around 7:47 a.m. Tuesday near the Majini Pier of the NFWM, this city.
Amba said BRP-Tarlac was anchored around 1000 yards south of Majini Pier when the foreign-owned tanker, MT Tosca, bumped the Navy vessel, while traveling to Bintulo, Malaysia.
MT Tasco is a Liberian-registered vessel with 21 Filipinos and a Ukranian crew. It is skippered by a Filipino sailor, Dominador Tanguas Jr.
Amba said the BRP-Tarlac sustained minor damage in her right forward bulwark and side ramp. No one among the crew was hurt.
BRP-Tarlac (LD-601) is the lead ship of her class of the Philippine Navy landing platform. It was purchased in Indonesia and was commissioned into the Philippine Navy on June 1, 2016.
Amba said that investigation by the Philippine Coast Guard is ongoing to determine the circumstances of the collision. (Sunnex)