By Betheena Unite
A possible oil spill is now being check by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in the waters off a berthing space in Bonago Port in Bacolod City after a cargo vessel was found partially submerged in the area.
A team from the Coast Guard Station in Negros Occidental has been continuously monitoring the vessel for any occurrence of oil spill, the Coast Guard said Tuesday.
It was disclosed that cargo vessel M/J Nurshena was found to be partially submerged in the shipside at berthing space of Banago Port in Barangay Banago over the weekend.
A security personnel of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) in Banago, Cesario Abetong, sought assistance from the Coast Guard after discovering that the cargo vessel was partially submerged in the water.
The vessel was loaded with more or less 20,000 board feet of sawn lumber.
In order to prevent the vessel from totally being submerged into the water, the unloading of the lumber was ordered. The Coast Guard, PPA personnel and the ship’s crew then unloaded the cargoes.
According to the owner of the vessel, Hadji Jurupar Sabtula that prior to their departure from Maluso, Basilan to Bacolod City, he noticed that water was leaking in the engine room.
The crew tried to pump the water out using their emergency pump, but the water continued to leak in the engine room, causing it to partially sink.