Chinese cargo ship stalls south of Tubbataha, says Coast Guard


MANILA, Philippines–A Chinese cargo ship is reportedly “dead in the water” in the vicinity of Tubbataha Reef after encountering engine trouble, according to the Philippine Coast Guard.

Lt. Commander Armand Balilo, the PCG spokesman, on Tuesday identified the distressed vessel as the MV Tai An Hai, a China-flagged bulk carrier.

Citing a report from the PCG Action Center in Manila, he said the PCG station in Puerto Princesa City had dispatched the BRP Pampanga to rescue the crew of the Chinese ship.

Built in 1986, the 190-meter vessel “came from Singapore with limestone on board and was bound for Bohol,” according to Balilo.

Initial reports reaching the PCG said the 27,417-ton ship was located south of Tubbataha Reef and north of Cagayan de Tawi-Tawi in the Sulu Sea

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  • hacker

    pota! baket nire-rescue? illegal intrusion yan! dapat jan ikulong pesteng mga PCG yan duwag!

    • JeDz San Jose

      diba cargo ship daw yun at papuntang bohol? hmmm…

  • TiktakBOOM!!!

    Guardian haters!!!! Open FIRE! hahahaha me pag pipyestahan nanaman hehehe

  • opinyonlangpo

    Probably they also want to build a shipyard in Tubbataha reef. There must be something of interest in that area.

  • pepe


  • Jan

    keep on guard with this chinese cargo ship in the south of tubbataha reef. could this be another front line like that of their fishermen’ presence in territorial maritime disputes.

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