Sea trips in some affected regions resume as signal warnings lifted

Published April 20, 2021, 1:41 PM

by Richa Noriega

Authorities have allowed the resumption of sea travel in some areas where storm signal warnings due to typhoon “Bising” were already lifted, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Station Cebu said.

A fisherman secures his wooden fishing boat along the seashore of Borongan town, Eastern Samar province, central Philippines on April 18, 2021, in preparation of Typhoon Surigae, as it moves over the eastern seaboard of the country.
(Photo by Alren BERONIO / various sources / AFP / FILE PHOTO)

In an advisory, the PCG Station Cebu said the suspension of vessels and watercrafts plying the areas of Southern Leyte, Western Leyte, Bantayan Island, Camotes Island, and Northern portion of Cebu was lifted on Monday, April 19.

“In relation to the published Severe Weather Bulletin #14 issued by PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration) AT 11 p.m. of April 19 the temporary suspension of all vessels/watercrafts plying the areas of Southern Leyte, Western Leyte, Bantayan Island, Camotes Island, and Northern portion of Cebu is hereby lifted effective on April 19,” it said.

The PCG Cebu, however, said that temporary suspension of sea trips are still in effect in these areas with storm signal warnings: 

Signal No. 2: Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon , Albay, Northern Samar, and Northwestern and Eastern portions of Samar.

Signal No. 1: Isabela, Eastern portion of Quezon, Polillo Island, Ticao Island, Camarines Norte, Albay, Masbate, Burias Island, Samar, Eastern Samar, Biliran, and Northern portion of Leyte.

“Voyage of vessels will resume upon the improvement of weather and sea condition in the above-mentioned areas,” the PCG said.

The Coast Guard Cebu added vessels who intended to take shelter will be permitted “as long it is manifested through a written request and no passenger be allowed onboard.”

In the latest advisory of PAGASA, typhoon “Bising” further weakened while moving north slowly over the Philippine Sea on Tuesday, April 20.

It added that heavy to intense rainfall may persist over Catanduanes, while moderate to heavy rains may affect the eastern portion of Camarines Sur and Rapu-Rapu Islands.