Ship runs aground in Palawan


05:35 AM August 25th, 2013

August 25th, 2013 05:35 AM

MANILA, Philippines—A foreign vessel ran aground in Palawan on Saturday morning, according to a Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) report released late Saturday afternoon.

According to PCG spokesperson Cmdr. Armand Balilo, the MT Glenn Australia ran aground some 600 meters from the shore south of Barangay Panlaitan, Busuanga, Palawan.

The vessel, skippered by Burma (Myanmar) national Capt. Myint Swe, is said to be owned by Glenn Defense Marine (Asia) Pte. Ltd. and operated by Singapore-based Shokuyo Navigation Co.

Apart from the ship captain, also on board the ship were nine crew members—eight Burmese and one Filipino.

PCG District Palawan Commander Erick Evangelista immediately directed PCG Station Coron to coordinate on towing operations to free the vessel.

Initial investigation showed that the vessel was loaded with 1,010.794 tons of palm oil.

Balilo said there was no oil spill at the site of the incident as the ship was a double-hulled vessel. Tina G. Santos

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