MANILA (UPDATE) - A cargo vessel collided with a foreign utility boat at the Manila South Harbor early Thursday, leaving it resting in the area, the Philippine Coast Guard said.
The incident left MV Palawan Pearl, which had 3,000 liters of diesel in its oil storage tank, half-submerged. The Coast Guard said it had laid an oil spill boom after seeing an "oil sheen" in the area.
The cargo vessel also had a drum of diesel oil, 60 liters of engine oil and 5 liters of bilge oil, said one of its crew members Rexchel Fabrigas.
Based on the PCG's initial investigation, the MV Palawan Pearl came from the Commander’s Wharf in Baseco Compound and was traveling to El Nido, Palawan.
Meanwhile, multipurpose vessel BKM 104, which is registered in Cyprus, was sailing at the Manila Bay Anchorage area to Bulacan when the accident happened.
But according to a skipper of the MV Palawan Pearl, they noticed the foreign vessel some 100 meters away on their port or left side when they were 3 kilometers off Pasig River, and it was supposedly sailing at the speed of 10 knots.
This was when BKM 104 allegedly hit them twice on the port side, causing their ship to sink, despite trying to maneuver away.
No one was also hurt during the incident, authorities said.
Except for some paint erasures, the foreign vessel did not incur damage.
The PCG said they continue to investigate the incident, and are coordinating with the two ships regarding the crew on board.
The MV Palawan Pearl said they have 18 crew members on their ship, including their captain.
— with reports from Jacque Manabat and Johnson Manabat, ABS-CBN News
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