Foreign cargo vessel runs aground in Cebu
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – A foreign cargo vessel ran aground off the coast of Talisay, Cebu, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said on Saturday, August 3.
The PCG said it has yet to determine the nationalities of the 18 crew members on board the Panama-flagged MV Arikun which ran aground in the vicinity waters of the Lauis Ledge Light house.
Commodore Ronie Gavan, commander of Coast Guard Central Visayas, said Coast Guard Talisay Station received a phone call from the Vessel Traffic Monitoring System at 7:30 am, informing them that MV Arikun figured in a sea mishap in the area.
The PCG said the vessel was bound for the the Cebu International Port (CIP). It was entering the Traffic Separation Scheme of South Cebu-Mactan Channel at around 7 am when the incident happened.
The PCG environmental protection unit, safety inspectors, rescue personnel and a medical team were sent to the area to verify the incident and rescue the crew.
The MV Arikun carried 4,210 tons of wheat and also had on board 287,167 liters of fuel. No oil spill was initially observed, the PCG said.
"But further monitoring and assessment is in progress," said the PCG.
PCG safety inspectors were still investigating the cause of the incident, the agency said. – Lian Buan/Rappler.com