Motor tanker Bulusan, grounded in Navotas City as typhoon Ulysses pummelled Metro Manila on Nov. 12, Thursday morning, will be towed once the weather gets better, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said.
It will, however, no longer need to be assisted by the Coast Guard as the vessel’s operator “already requested for towing service and will be ready to be towed.”
Motor tanker Bulusan drifted at the seaside of Ignacio Street in Navotas City due to big waves and strong winds amid the onslaught of the typhoon. As a result, it damaged a portion of the R-10 bridge.
According to the PCG, they will no longer have to deploy a rescue team to tow the vessel as the crew of the vessel already coordinated with its shipping company.
“The towing service is now ready, they are just waiting for the weather to stabilize,” the agency said.
The vessel’s master, Lito Enad, also told the PCG that they immediately requested towing assistance from their shipping company. The latter, however, did not immediately proceed to the incident area due to unfavorable weather conditions.
While waiting to be towed, PCG advised the crew of Bulusan to prepare lifesaving equipment and wear life jackets for their safety.
The Coast Guard also maintains active coordination with Enad to monitor the status of the motor tanker once it returns to sea.