Dárlán Páléncìá Bárcélón
Legazpi City, [04.24.18] – An investigation is to be conducted by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources – Bicol to assess the damages incurred on the coral reef in the territorial waters of Barangay Rawis, Libon, Albay as soon as cargo ship who went aground is extricated, a senior BFAR official said.
Ms. Noni Enolva, the BFAR – Bicol regional spokesperson has assured in an interview via Facebook messenger this afternoon that the stranded vessel; M/V Jack Daniel, will be extracted anytime soon this afternoon as high tide arrives.
There is no actual assessed damages yet on the coral reef inside the protected area available for the information of the public as the actual investigation is still to be conducted after the extrication, Enolva explained.
A certificate of detention will be issued by the Philippine Coast Guard [PCG] on the ship’s captain when the ship’s extrication is done while the damage assessment to the coral reef is being conducted – the result of the actual damage assessment will be the basis of the fines against the shipping company, BFAR spokesperson said.
At 4:35 o’ clock in the afternoon of April 23, 2018 MV Jack Daniel departed from the Port of Pantao in Libon after conducting of regular maintenance is sailing towards the Port of Pio Duran – at 5:00 o’ clock in the afternoon the vessel ran aground on the coral reef off Barangay Rawis due to sloppy maneuvering, an initial police report said.
M/V Jack Daniel is a roll on-roll off steel-hulled cargo vessel owned by Santa Clara Shipping Corporation with a gross tonnage of 795 gross tons and with a 24 crews on board when it hit the reef.
The Rawis marine protected area is a coral reef exposed at low tide and the reported incident is the first reported environmental damage involving a marine vessel and a protected coral reef in the Albay West Coast.