Removal of stuck USS Guardian suspended anew

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 16 2013 11:09 AM | Updated as of Feb 16 2013 07:09 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- The salvage operations for the stuck USS Guardian at the Tubbataha Reef were again suspended due to bad weather, according to Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Commandant Rear Admiral Rodolfo Isorena.

Isorena said waves in the area have already reached a height of at least 5 feet.

A crane ship from Singapore, the M/T Jascon 25, is set to arrive at the Puerto Princesa City port at 11 p.m. on Saturday.

However, Isorena said despite the ship's arrival, they will still not be able to continue with the dismantling of the grounded minesweeper due to bad weather conditions.

The salvage operations earlier suffered delays after the first crane ship, the Smit Borneo, had a problem in lowering its anchors.

The Tubbataha management board said the USS Guardian has damaged at least 4,000 square meters of the reef since it ran aground last January 17. -- Report from Dennis Datu, dzMM