Quantcast
Latest Stories

Salvage of grounded US ship faces delay

By

Giant waves batter the USS Guardian, a minesweeper that ran aground in the Tubbataha Reefs in the Sulu Sea, tossing the ship some 90 degrees from its position (inset) and making it parallel to the reef line. The photographs are courtesy of the AFP FILE PHOTO

The removal of the USS Guardian from the Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea may not be completed by March 23 as planned, the Philippine Coast Guard said.

Lt. Cmdr Armand Balilo on Thursday said that while the weather in the reef area has been very good and the ship dismantling operation was progressing, the PCG did not “discount the possibility that the March 23 deadline for the removal of the USS Guardian from Tubbataha Reef may be extended.”

Balilo said that “aside from the changing weather conditions in the Sulu Sea, the salvage team is also considering the structural integrity of the ship, as well as newly discovered obstacles in dismantling the Guardian’s superstructure.” He did not elaborate.

Citing a report from the PCG team monitoring the Tubbataha Reef operation, he said that on Thursday there was very limited crane operations and transfer of equipment from the Guardian to the salvage ships.

“The bulk of the work is on the preparation of levels 1 and 2 for lifting. The initial lifting of level 2 will be made on March 2 while the lifting of level 1 will follow,” he explained.

Balilo added that “additional personnel who specialize in ship cutting will be brought in by SMIT (the salvage firm) for the cutting of the ship’s hull.”

Early this week, the dismantling of the Guardian resumed with the removal of the vessel’s mast and funnel by the crane ship Jascon 25, which the PCG said was the main vessel tasked with dismantling the grounded US Navy ship.

Aside from the Guardian and the Jascon 25, nine other vessels were in the vicinity, either involved in or observing the operations, including the PCG’s search-and-rescue ship, the BRP Pampanga.

The 68-meter US Navy minesweeper ran aground on the Tubbataha Reef, a Unesco-designated World Heritage Site, on Jan. 17 while on its way to Indonesia.


Follow Us


Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: environmental issues , Global Nation , Philippines , Tubbataha Reef , US , US Navy , USS Guardian

  • giltor

    IT LOOKS LIKE THE USS GUARDIAN WAS DELIBERATELY GROUNDED SO IT COULD NOT BE EASILY EXTRICATED UNTIL THE MISSION OF MONITORING SHIPS MOVEMENT IN THE SULU SEA IS OVER.

    KICK OUT ALL FOREIGN SHIPS IN TUBBATAHA!

    • Crazy_horse101010

      haw haw haw

      • giltor

        hey horse hockey,

        haw haw haw yourself!

        You’re imagining two posts with your own duo’s.

        Look again, there’s only one post with your two stupid replies.

        You’re a bi-polar with multiple personalities and still continue impersonating some persona that you are not.

        I’ve got your number, remember? If you dont’t still get it, I’ll say you’re real slow. Aren’t you?

        Never mind the ‘love you’! Oh I got it – you’re ac/dc too, if you get the drift.

    • Crazy_horse101010

      hey wee wee breath i see you are still showing your stupidity again. lets hear some more of your lies.  love you tata

    • BIGButo

      That is a crazy assumption. No one would deliberately ground a 277 million dollar ship to monitor ship movements. That could be done while being underway with aircraft or several other ways not by sitting on a reef, that’s ridiculous

      • giltor

        Then you might not be aware of USNS Glomar Explorer.

        Or the sacrifice of bigger USS Maine (ACR-1), to imflame the public and inspire the clamor for war.

        Or the RMS Lusitania!

        NO SACRIFICE TOO GREAT for some mad for power or . . .a base in Mindanao perhaps if the BANGSA pact is scuttled by the current events.

        Who knows what THEY’re thinking.



Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
Advertisement

News

  • 16 suffer burns in Batangas sugar factory accident
  • Angat level drops; cloud seeding set
  • Indigenous aspiration in Bangsamoro
  • Banahaw continues to lure pilgrims, trekkers
  • Passion of Christ moves survivors
  • Sports

  • Tottenham beats Fulham 3-1 in Premier League
  • Martino defends Messi, takes blame for Barca fail
  • Vettel hoping for resurgence at Chinese GP
  • MLB pitcher donates $100,000 for Sewol ferry victims
  • Hamilton takes pole at Chinese Grand Prix
  • Lifestyle

  • Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  • Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • Entertainment

  • Why ‘Noah’ can’t dock his ark at Philippine theaters
  • Acclaimed artist goes wild while on holiday
  • Believing in this mermaid
  • Missing Xian
  • Minnie Driver plays devastated mother to a stillborn child
  • Business

  • A workplace of new possibilities
  • Learning by doing: pilgrimage of faith
  • Fiat-Chrysler to produce iconic Jeep in China from 2015
  • US commerce secretary spells out economic facet of ‘pivot to Asia’
  • Italy sells luxury state cars on eBay
  • Technology

  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • Cesar Chavez movie sparks memories of Fil-Am labor leaders
  • Filipinos in US poised for success
  • Visas for priests and other faith leaders
  • DOH to continue tracking co-passengers of OFW infected with MERS virus
  • 5 Filipinos with MERS in UAE reported in stable condition
  • Marketplace