Cargo Ship Stranded Off Panglao Island Coast

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A cargo vessel has been stranded off Panglao Island in Bohol’s tourism jewel, on Thursday evening, reports CNN Philippines.

What happened?

A cargo vessel LCT Poseidon carrying 20 people has been stranded off the coast of Panglao Island in Bohol. “Poseidon” was bound for Shell Island in Cordova, Cebu carrying materials for the ongoing construction of the Mactan-Cebu third bridge.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Central Visayas on Friday reported that the ship ran aground the waters of Doljo Point in Panglao.

Engine complications were ruled out by authorities, and said they have been assessing possible damages to corals in the area.

Any damages to the vessel or the area?

PCG-Central Visayas Spokesperson Michael John Encina said that the vessel might have miscalculated the route and really gounded.

Officials added the ship only incurred minor damages on its starboard side.

The Coast Guard Marine Environmental Protection said it is also checking on possible oil spill in the area. The local government unit of Panglao will likewise conduct an inter-agency environmental damage assessment on the incident.

Waiting for high tide?

Encina said that coast guard personnel and the crew aboard are awaiting high tide around 11 p.m. to extract the vessel off the corals.

He added the ship if needed will be towed using a tugboat.

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Source: CNNPhilippines

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