Compensation sought for boardwalk damage

THE City of Naga Government is seeking an initial P10-million bond from the owners of a cargo vessel that damaged the city’s marina boardwalk project during a weather disturbance last Tuesday.

City of Naga Mayor Kristine Vanessa Chiong told reporters yesterday that the project’s contractor came up with the amount after making an initial assessment on the 50 concrete posts that were damaged by cargo vessel mv Unilink 2.

Each damaged post costs around P200,000, the mayor said.

Last Tuesday, mv Unilink 2, which was docked about 75 meters from the city’s shoreline, suddenly rammed the ongoing project site after big waves and gusts pushed the cargo vessel toward the concrete sea wall in Poblacion.

The vessel is owned by Unilink Shipping Corp.

Chiong said they also received a letter from the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) 7, ordering the suspension of mv Unilink 2’s cargo ship safety certificate (CSSC), which ensures a vessel’s seaworthiness.

Offer of assistance

Marina 7 Director Nannette Villamor-Dinopol said mv Unilink 2’s CSSC can only be reinstated once they determine that the vessel is seaworthy.

The cargo vessel is currently docked a few meters away from the baywalk area and will remain there until its owners can settle their obligations.

Chiong said that for now, the contractor is asking for a P10-million bond until it comes up with the cost of the full damage.

She said officials of APO-Cemex plant in Barangay Tinaan have committed to compel the owners of the vessel to settle their obligation.

Unilink Shipping Corp. is the official contractor of APO-Cemex plant.

“On our end, we’re willing to enforce it,” said Chito Maniago, Cemex Philippines Foundation director.

Meanwhile, Chiong is set to provide financial assistance to 15 fishermen whose motorbancas were damaged during last Tuesday’s weather disturbance.

Chiong said she has already received the names of recipients, but she still needs to assess the amount they’ll receive.

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