Vietnamese ship runs aground in Albay, damages coral reefs


Posted at Jun 17 2015 10:36 PM | Updated as of Jun 18 2015 07:35 AM

MANILA -- A Vietnam-flagged cargo ship ran aground 900 yards off the entrance of Legazpi City Port in Albay on Monday, damaging coral reefs in the area, the Philippine Coast Guard said Wednesday.

In a statement, PCG said the cargo vessel, MV Ocean 03, reportedly ran aground and hit the marine environment in the area while maneuvering towards Albay Gulf.

The vessel is manned by 21 Vietnamese crew members.

The incident was reported by Renan Del Mundo of Bantay Dagat-Legazpi to the personnel of Coast Guard Station (CGS) Albay.

The PCG immediately deployed personnel to the area, along with representatives from the Port State Control Division.

MV Ocean 03 has been pulled from its site and maneuvered northeast of Legazpi Port.

The ship captain, Capt. Tran Da Nghia, said there was no oil spill seen at the area.

The ship captain has been advised to coordinate with its agency, Hoang Anh Shipping Joint Stock Company, to conduct further inspection to determine the seaworthiness of the vessel.