Crane ship arrives at Tubbataha

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In a photo released by the US Navy, the mine countermeasures ship USS Guardian sits aground in this Jan. 22, 2013, file photo on the Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea in the Philippines. One of the two lift cranes commissioned by the US Navy arrived at the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, to begin the removal of the grounded US minesweeper. AP PHOTO/US NAVY—NAVAL AIRCREWMAN 3RD CLASS GEOFFREY TRUDELL

MANILA, Philippines—One of the two lift cranes commissioned by the US Navy has arrived at the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park to begin the removal of a grounded US minesweeper, according to the Philippine Coast Guard.

The SMIT Borneo of SMIT Singapore Pte Ltd. arrived at the marine park on
Sunday.

Naval salvage experts have determined that towing the $277-million USS Guardian would cause more damage to the reef and to its hull.

The Guardian ran aground on Jan. 17 while in transit to Indonesia after a port visit at the former US naval base, Subic. Some 15,000 gallons of fuel had been taken off the ship.

The Tubbataha Protected Area Management Board (TPAMB), meanwhile, has rejected the assessment of the damage made by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the US Navy.

Palawan Gov. Abraham Kahlil Mitra said the TPAMB met Sunday and agreed to file a letter of complaint in connection with the assessment of the damage “without a Philippine representative as agreed previously.”

Mitra, co-chairman of TPAMB, said the board would conduct its own assessment and reject the DFA “offer or move” to mediate with the US Navy.

From an initial estimate of 1,000 square meters, the damaged area has been pegged at 4,000 square meters, based on recent inspection.

“We understand the DFA is just doing its job but the other camp has not even communicated nor recognized the Philippine ambassador. Why should we make the first move when we are the aggrieved party?” said Mitra in a phone interview.

Meanwhile, President Aquino is agreeable to the US Navy’s plan to dismantle the 23-year-old minesweeper and remove it in sections from the marine sanctuary, Transportation Secretary Joseph E. A. Abaya said Sunday.

“It seems like the most logical thing to do, given the crack and the fact that it’s stuck 30 meters into the reef. Lifting it out is risky. We don’t mind it being cut up into pieces but we have to make sure no material will fall into sea once it’s lifted up,” Abaya said by phone.

The final approval by the President, however, would come only after the US Navy has presented the final salvage plan pending the arrival of two ships from Singapore, Abaya said.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/jesse.tan.52 Jesse Tan

    Tubbataha com for diving excursion since 1999

    Protect TUBBATAHA at all COST — or else we will pay more money for our own seafood or worse run out of our own fish to eat

    • kanoy

       WHAT???? ARE YOU SERIOUS?? FIRST OF ALL THE RP ALREADY DESTROYED FOREVER OVER 70% OF ALL ITS CORAL REEFS 33,000,000 CORAL HEADS A YEAR WITH CYANIDE & DYNAMITE AND THAT DID NOT DRIVE UP SEAFOOD PRICES,,,OR DID IT? NOW YOU SAY THIS 4000SQM DAMAGE WILL? WELL WHAT WILL THE 7000SQM DAMAGE OFF COTABATO DO? AN AREA TWICE THE SIZE OF MANILLA DESTROYED 2 WEEKS AGO,,,,,BY FILIPINOS,,,,FINE THEM $500,000,000 US? EACH?

      • sh1seadad

        Fine them make them pay the government needs more money

      • kanoy

         PINOY MENTALITY….B1TCH MOAN GROAN PROTEST EXPRESS OUTRAGE OVER THE GOVERNMENT, SENATORS, CONGRESSMEN, REPRESENTATIVES STEALING MONEY, FILLING PRIVATE BANK ACCOUNTS,,,,THEN WANTING EVEN MORE MONEY PUT INTO THE COFFERS FOR THEM TO PLUNDER…..SMART!!

    • sh1seadad

      China is already taking your fish Jesse tan

  • farmerpo

    4000sqm / 95Msqm ==  .0000000000000000000000000004% Awesome damage.

    • sh1seadad

      Good math farmerpo

  • Guest

    liit na problema ito…huwag nyo na palikihin as if to incite angry towards a brother…chikwa off limit to philippine issues here.

  • 100% freedom of navigation

    Let the US Navy scrape the uppermost portion of the reef to give a little room for the ship to float. Friendship and diplomatic relationship is GIVE AND TAKE.  In life, you can’t only take, you must also give. Our country must show some gratitude and selflessness for all the help America has given us. This is the moment that our country must grab this opportunity to return the favors. Save the ship it’s a $277 million dllr vessel. The corals can regrow naturally. Let’s learn some wisdom from the lyrics of the song that Judy Collins sang, “well something’s lost but something’s gained in living everyday”.  

  • i_am_filipino

    KANOY, NIELSEN, DAISY, DAKUNG ARE ALL IMPOSTOR LOW CLASS INTSIK HIDING IN PHILIPPINES ILLEGALLY. THEY ARE SENT BY THE BULLISH LIARZ MANIPULATIVE CHINA TO MESS UP HERE IN OUR FILIPINO NEWS. YOU WILL SEE THEIR FACE WHEN YOU LEARN THEIR IP. THEY ARE ALL UGLY AND UNTRUSTWORTHY.

    • sh1seadad

      This is true they are all communist

      • DakuAkongUtin

        shiztdaddy. you mean say you are a rightwinger or neocon? Theres no such thing as right wing azz. Rightwingers are hypocrites of the first order. They just try to portray themselves as children of righteousness but their cups are full of deceit and ill will. Backstabbers and foulmouthed..

        All of mankind is leftwingers bec all have fallen in sin based on the bibliya. Only God in Heaven’s Glory is pure in heart and righteous. Theres no such thing as righteous in this earth , all have fallen astray from God’s holy presence.

      • pfc_kulapu

        Chita Eh Sta. Romana (aka AFPaki, Inteliling ng 11th IB kuno)
        You try to teach us about bible.. Stupid, commies don’t believe religion.Commies are against any religion.. For commies religion is a
        poison.. You pray only to your God mao. He can’t even create miracle for his panot…Stupid Mao he think he’s above than our creator..
        Tanda na TANGA..
        Certified Backstabber…
        DAKILANG PATAY GUTOM…
        ako ang langaw sa puwet mo…

      • DakuAkongUtin

         Pfc Kawatan, dapat ang nagmamalinis kang pervertos ang tuturuan ng tamang teaching s of the Christian faith. Theres no such thing as rightwingers that is fallacy bs. Theres only leftwingers on this earth as all have sinned in the eyes of God.  Kagaya ng lahi mong kayumangmang ay backstabbers at mamatay tao at kotongeros,  you ranked first on that order. For you worship deception, deceit, usurper of power, jealousy and evil.For you crave these things then you are condemn to die in fire and brimstone, thus saith the Lord God Almighty the creator of Heaven and Earth.

         Only God is righteous and seated at the Judgment Seat with Jesus at his side and Santo Calungsod on his feet.

      • sh1seadad

        Communist losers don’t know anything about got so shut up

    • Crazy_horse101010

      I bet they pay more taxes than you and have done a lot more to help this country than you ever will. wheres your proof they are here illegally. they really must have hurt your feelings for you to cry so much

    • Crazy_horse101010

      since you know the name of one of them, and you have proof of them being here illegally and hate them so much why dont you have them arrested and deported. afraid of a lawsuit for slander.

    • DakuAkongUtin

      I_am_kayumangmang_tax-evader, hindi ka nga nagbabayad ng tamang buhis mas malaki pa ang pweet mo sa bibig, ano? Ang palabras mo ay halata hindi ka nagbabayad kasi pinagmagik mo lang yang tax return mo kasama yang mga anak anakan dyan sa BIR.
      Ang mga intsik ang tamang nagbabayad ng buhis , they are the heroes of this country and not your dirty brown azzes ! Getz mo ba yan ? If not, then you are low IQ azzhole

      • sh1seadad

        You are a communist trader plain and simple

      • DakuAkongUtin

         You are a wolf with chicken wings out to prey on the helpless and naive,

  • DakuAkongUtin

    I_am_ a_dirtyazz_kayumangmang, dapat nandoon ka sa salvage site mag mamarunong. This is the time to oversee what the Kanos are doing. Whether  they are doing the right thing or something else. Show your kababayan spirit….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YUHNRXD2SMYRGJ7GQOS3L2K4ZA Cannabis

    Hanggang dito nakikisawsaw ang mga alagad ni mao??? namputanaman…sawsawin nyo yung smog sa china nyo…magka cancer kayo sa baga bwahahahahaha….kahit pinatuyong itlog ng kabayong dagat ang kainin nyo di kayo gagaling…

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    huliin na mga u.s. navy na yan kung hindi pa tumakbo tulad ni mcartur ww2
    kompiskahin na rin yang barko tulad sa mga intsik switik

    kung ano anong sinasabi
    magbayad ng cash

    sisirain na naman tayo ng imperyalistang u.s.
    sa mismong bayan nating pilipinas

    u.s. – kastila war 1898
    pilipino – u.s. war 1899-1912 1+ million pilipinos died
    u.s. – japan war ww2 nasira pilipinas, 1 million pilipinos died
    u.s. – korea war 1950-1953 100+ pilipino casualties
    u.s. – vietnam war 1960s-70s used philippines as staging area, pilipino casualties

    u.s. – tsina war 20?? modern weapons will result in higher casualties

    gerra every 20 years ang imperyalista sa bayan natin

    ang agenda ng imperyalista ay gawing base na naman ang bayan natin
    sa gerra nila sa pinagkakautangang intsik switik

    na tayo na naman ang tatamaan
    habang sitting pretty sila unscathed thousands of miles away

    DEMOLISH VFA – PALAYASIN MGA IMPERYALISTA

    ng hindi gawing bases ang bayan natin
    ng imperyalistang u.s.

    • http://twitter.com/Joe_The_Kano Joe Kano

       wanker alert

      • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

        bobo alert

      • sh1seadad

        Bobo Communist

      • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

        mali naman ang nagmamagaling mong sagot

        talagang bobo ka

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