Salvaging of US ship from Tubbataha reef suspended due to turbulent waves


In a photo released by the U.S. 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. AP Photo/U.S. Navy. Naval Aircrewman 3rd Class Geoffrey Trudell

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Philippines—The salvage operation to remove the USS Guardian from the Tubbataha Reef was put on hold Sunday because of turbulent sea conditions, which prevented the giant crane ship SMIT Borneo from anchoring close to the moribund US minesweeper.

Authorities also announced they have decided to wait for the arrival of another crane ship, the Jascon 25, from Singapore before resuming salvage operations. They estimated that Jascon 25 would arrive in the area in the evening of February 15.

“Due to the difficulty in anchoring the SMIT Borneo brought about by the unfavorable sea condition, the salvors decided not to continue with the anchoring but instead will wait for the arrival of crane ship Jascon 25,” the Coast Guard Palawan district head, Commander Efren Evangelista, said in a text message to reporters.

Evangelista added there would be no cutting of the Guardian until the arrival of the second crane ship.

“Meanwhile, the salvors will continue to prepare the Guardian prior to removal, such as clearing of any items, which can be removed from that ship,” he said.

He said that Philippine Coast Guard and Tubbataha park rangers would continue daily “environmental patrols.”

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  • INQ_reader

    american stupidity – Day 26 on 2/11/13

    • Crazy_horse101010

      inq stupidity forever and ever

      • INQ_reader

        Can you write something more creative?

      • Crazy_horse101010

        lot at the hell whos talking you only know 4 words and keep repeating over and over again

      • Crazy_horse101010

        whoops look at

      • INQ_reader

         I will stop only after the stupidity is over…you copy-cat.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        jealous parrot

      • Crazy_horse101010

        i will tell what stupidity is its people who make noise but do nothing while 70 per cent the reefs in the philippines as been destroyed. ive never seen a one of you sitting on the beach with and watched water shooting in the air by blasting. all the reefs behind mt house are destroyed where are you.many times more coral is destroyed  by fisherman in one day than that ship ever did and ive been seeing it for 15 years

    • pfc_kulapu

      INQ_reader a commies troll are very stupid every now and then..

      • Crazy_horse101010

        thanks pardner seems to be a lot of them out there

      • INQ_reader

        Don’t you have anything substantial to say other than wild accusations?

  • Nani

    Ano ang ginagawa ni PNoy at mga yellow zoombies sa patuloy na pagkawasak ng corral reefs? Dapat paalisin na ang mga Amerikano, at ibasura ang Visiting Forces Agreement.

    • kangsongdaeguk

      you are so oblivious to the current political realities. they will be made accountable to what they did, but completely expelling them here won’t benefit us but will just make us vulnerable to communist China’s intentions, oh wait, have you just checked your bank account, baka may 50 cents na inbound from there? 

    • fakereflection1

      pag katapos mabasura ang VFA sunod na  rin ang MDT, a week after that…………. chinese warships had already swarmed around the spratlys

    • 12JEM

       Get real.

  • vic

    ..leave the US ship stay there…and convert Tubbataha reef into Park.

    • INQ_reader

      It’s already a park, the Tubbataha Reefs National Park, as provided for by the Republic Act 10067. But any artificial object in never needed since the natural resources are already thriving for centuries.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        lagunanis reef was a protected reef near was half destroyed by a chinese container ship. the captain was fined 5000 pisos how come i never heard you whining about that of course it wasnt american ive sat on the beaches on resort beaches get blasted every day for years and not one bleeding heart has ever shown up or done anything to stop the damages. people like you are all blow but no go. ive even seen the leyte samar bridge so damaged by blasting that we couldnt drive across it had to rebuilt

      • Crazy_horse101010

        near cebu at talisay was where the ship hit. there was very little in the papers about wonder why oh it was chinese

      • INQ_reader

        What did you do when it happened?

  • noli chu

    Tama confiscate na yang ship na yan at gawin decorasyon sa Tubbataha reef…just remove the toxic waste…. That way it will remind all the people the stupidity of the captain  and how useless the technology on that ship that they never detect that place. Unless may ibang balak mga ito sa pinas. Wala n ngang maitulong sa china conflict tapos maninira pa ng kalikasan…bwisit.

  • kilawon

    americans just spreading their aids! go home war freaks!

    • Crazy_horse101010

      hows things in china comrade

      • kilawon

        americans should go back to MERIKA and bring their a** licking nigga pepenos with them as a slave!

      • Crazy_horse101010

        its america stupid.  scared they might take over china dont blame you i would be to

      • kilawon

        go home! KANO’s love war ,that’s why they are here in flipland! they gonna provoke war between CHIN and PHIL! KANO will get involve again…a wannabe savior! they just gonna use those brown subhuman pepenos as their human shield! tsk

      • Crazy_horse101010

        im home stupid come make me leave. killed any uyghurs today commie are is tibetans that you murder

      • Raul

        Sayang lang laway at tamod mo tol sa ka sal sal este kakasulat. Lol

  • pinoypower

    Bakit kasi mga Americans pa ng kailangang gumawa ng salvaging? Kayang kaya yan ng grupo na involved sa Atimonan o kaya ay ng mga taga Davao.

  • pepito gwaps

    US presence! Is a kind of strategy. Right

  • jo

    hai ala p ring nakabasa sa suggestion ko ng mga nakaraang araw…
    about how will the ship will be save and our corral reef for further damages…ulit ng aking suggestion sana me makabasa at ipaalam sa me kinalaman sa pagsagip ng barko at corral…gumawa ng apat n mlalaking balloon…ikabit ung 4 sa magkabilang panig ng barko sa pamamagitan ng malalaking lubid….2 sa bawat magkabilang gilid at palubuhin ang balloon…eventually kasabay ng paglubo ng balloon mahihila pataas ung kabuuan ng barko hanggang sa level ng tubig…sa pamamagitan ng balloon maalalayan ang barko sa paglutang nito…ngaun pag nasa level na madali ng hilahin ng towing barge…voila ligtas ang barko at ang corral…

  • joboni96

    huliin na ang crew at
    kompiskahin ang barko na iyan

    like the poaching intsik switiks

    then pagbayarin ng damages

    to be used for restoration costs
    by pilipino experts

    • Crazy_horse101010

      nobody listening!

      • joboni96

        tulad mo

  • MC M

    Quoting the WWF: 
    For the long term, we ask the US Government to re-commit its efforts to protect this crown jewel of the Coral Triangle, which the US government has supported for many years with financial and technical assistance.

    …what if precedence on legal decisions made in past loss events were to be considered in assessing fines? 

    There is a likely positive outcome that could include renewed governmental efforts, more local awareness to other major ongoing threats, international exposure and more. If handled well. (by whom?) The outcome could include an even healthier and better protected reef in the very near future.   

    Curious to know what have “others” done about past loss events on the reef and other natural areas in the Phils?

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