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Govt to overhaul shipping rules after oil spill

September 1, 2006

ILOILO – The government is set to overhaul its shipping rules following the country’s worst ever oil spill, a senior government official said Friday.

Compulsory use of double-hulled oil tankers, restricted shipping lanes and a ban on tankers making port calls in densely populated areas and passing through marine reserves are some of the measures under consideration.

Defense Secretary Avelino Cruz, head of the government’s task force looking into the disaster, said all domestic tankers carrying oil in Philippine waters would be required to have double hulls by 2008.

He said a full overhaul of shipping rules was needed to prevent another spill similar to the one that happened off the coast of central Guimaras island three weeks ago, adding that random inspections would be stepped up.

(Click overhaul for the full story, Sept. 1, 2006.)

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