‘No oil spill,’ claims MV Globe 6 skipper, as Coast Guard probes incident off Antique

Published August 14, 2020, 5:38 PM

by Betheena Kae Unite

A day after a Vietnamese cargo vessel ran aground off Antique, its captain confirmed that there was no sign of oil spill from the vessel.

Captain Nguyen Hoai, the skipper of MV Globe 6, told the Philippine Coast Guard that the vessel’s ballast tank remained intact and no sign of oil spill has been observed in the vicinity waters.

Despite the report from the captain, the Coast Guard still laid an oil spill boom around MV Globe 6 “as a precautionary measure before underwater hull inspection today (August 14).”

According to the Coast Guard, divers were not able to conduct inspection Thursday due to strong waves in the area. The divers were deployed anew Friday to check on the hull of the vessel to ensure that there is no oil spill but assessment has yet to be issued by the Coast Guard.  

MV Globe 6 ran aground in the waters between Nagubat Island and Liwagao Island in Antique Thursday.

According to the ship’s skipper, the officer on watch fell asleep during his duty when the incident happened.

The cargo ship, which was manned by 25 crew members, was on its way to Davao City from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to deliver rice cargo when it ran aground.