Coast Guard to probe barge sinking

November 23, 2006

By Leila Salaverria
Inquirer, Nov. 23, 2006

THE Philippine Coast Guard has formed a board of marine inquiry to investigate the sinking of a barge carrying nearly 60,000 sacks of sludge and other oil-soaked debris from the cleanup of the oil spill in Guimaras province.

Rear Admiral Damian Carlos directed the Coast Guard’s Northern Mindanao office to investigate the incident that took place Monday night off Misamis Occidental, said PCG spokesperson Lieutenant Commander Joseph Coyme.

The barge Ras of Harbor Star Shipping Services Inc. sank in the vicinity of Polo Point, Plaridel, Misamis Occidental, while loaded with 59,649 sacks of oil debris, the Coast Guard said.

The barge was supposed to bring the cargo to Lugait, Misamis Oriental.

Coyme said Northern Mindanao district commander Captain Cecil Chen heads the board that will look into the incident, which raised fears of another oil slick affecting Misamis Occidental.

(For the full story, click Coast Guard.)

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