Risk of spill from disabled by storm vessel off Bohol

By Accidents

A Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) positioned in Bohol is cautious about a potential oil spill from the disabled MV Goldeneye now located at Garcia Hernandez town.

The freight carrying limestone obtained from the Philippine Mining and Sintering Corporation has been damaged when it crashed on its docking dolphin as a result of storm Quennie. According to Lieutenant Junior Grade Robinson Madriaga, enormous waves carried away the vessel on a berthing dolphin construction, grating harshly its side and producing three holes. 

Now the MV Goldeneye ill-doomed vessel is being wedged and is dangerously balanced on top of the construction, successfully lifting its holes above the sea so that it prevents water from entering inside. However, waves that could be brought abundantly by storm Ruby could remove it from its position, according to a coast guard commander who informed the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRMC) in a council meeting held on Thursday. The commander’s fears were that the ship, while sitting without assistance and carrying its cargo, might be turned over by waves produced by typhoon Ruby.

According to Tagbilaran Coast Guard Station Commander Madriaga, the holes were in the ballast tanks of the vessel and the cargo was composed of 300 metric tons of bunker fuel. So Ruby’s waves could turn over the ship and it could spill its fuel, thus causing a national catastrophe. To prevent than from happening the ship’s load had to be removed and the vessel to be pulled and towed to its drydock station in Subic.

In the face of a threatening super storm the coast guard has requested the ship officers to unload the fuel to avoid the turning over of the boat and the spreading of fuel. However, boat officers explained that that process required a special motor, already asked for from abroad. Also they continued that it was better the ship to be fully loaded because that made it more stable among the waves. The response of the coast guard was that the engine required a long customs process and it could demand weeks before it arrived in Bohol. At the same time the raised storm signal there stopped the travelling of sea crafts.

Madriaga’s fears also include that towing the ship by towing contractors may now sink it, as it is positioned on top of the dolphin. For this reason the Coast Guard has asked for assistance the local government, the military forces, reservists and volunteers to restrain any potential problem should the typhoon’s waves threaten the ship. Madriaga has also warned the Coast Guard Central Office of the need for a technical assistance should it be necessary.

Source&Image: TheBoholStandard