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Motor tanker loaded with fuel stranded in Guimaras waters

October 23, 2006

ANOTHER spill of bunker fuel is feared to have happened in Guimaras seas after Coast Guard authorities discovered a motor tanker got stranded due to navigational problems Saturday.

Coast Guard officials found the crewmen of M/T Petro Clarissa stuck in Siete Picados Saturday after the vessel suffered navigation problems.

Coast Guard Deputy Commander Bon Dan Chan said the vessel, loaded with one million liters of regular fuel, was stranded. The suspected fuel had slicked.

The Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) will be conducting water inspection at the site to ascertain the suspicions of an oil slick.

The 16 crewmen are to be interrogated for the reasons that why they got stranded in Guimaras.

There were reports that they have tried to conceal information regarding the incident but the Coast Guard found them first. (LABB, Sunstar Iloilo, Oct. 23, 2006)

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