All sailing trips in Legazpi City were suspended Tuesday to avoid any maritime incident with the expected strong rains and winds to be brought by typhoon Ulysses.
In a travel advisory, the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) announced that all sailing trips within the area of responsibility of MARINA Regional Office 5 in Legazpi City have been suspended by the Philippine Coast Guard.
Tropical cyclone wind signal no. 1 was raised over Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, and Masbate by the weather state bureau as of 11 a.m. Tuesday.
Meanwhile, a total of 746 individuals, including passengers, drivers, and helpers; six vessels, and 293 rolling cargoes were stranded in various port terminals in Bicol Region as of noon, the Philippine Coast Guard said.
Some 30 vessels were also taking shelter to avoid being affected by the weather disturbance.
The stranded individuals and vessels were monitored in Matnog Port, Pilar Port, Legazpi Port, Tabaco Port, Pioduran Port, Bacacay Port, Masbate Port, San Jacinto Port, and Cataingan Port.
According to Coast Guard, moderate to rough seas are expected to prevail in the region due to the expected onslaught of typhoon Ulysses.
“The PCG Command Center is on 24/7 monitoring to strictly implement the movement of vessels during heavy weather,” the Coast Guard said.
“Coast Guard deployable response groups, specifically in areas that will be directly affected by the latest tropical cyclone based on the forecast of PAGASA such as Bicol, Metro Manila, Mindoro, Quezon Province, Rizal, Bulacan, Bataan, Zambales, and Cagayan Valley are preparing for possible evacuation and/or rescue operations in coordination with their respective local government units,” it added.