Oil spill detected in Palawan

Philippine Coast Guard personnel install booms and sorbent pads to contain an oil spill detected at the Puerto Princesa City Port in Palawan on Sept. 30, 2023. (Courtesy of PCG)

An oil spill was monitored in the vicinity waters off Puerto Princesa City Port in Palawan on Saturday, Sept. 30.

In a statement on Sunday, Oct. 1, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said it deployed four segments of oil spill boom and six bails of sorbent pads to control the spillage.

Two drums of undetermined volume of spilled oil were collected from the affected waters in Puerto Princesa City, which spanned 500 square meters. The spillage was contained at around 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

The PCG has yet to determine the source of the oil spill.

However, it said that the Coast Guard’s marine science technicians acquired samples from the two vessels berthed at the Puerto Princesa City Port for fingerprinting analysis and comparison of possible spilled oil sources.

“They also coordinated with another ro-ro [roll-on/roll-off] passenger vessel that departed the port hours before the incident to obtain oil samples for testing,” the PCG said.