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Pangasinan’s governor wants a ship to transfer 1.3 million liters of crude oil.
Before the anticipated typhoon this weekend, Pangasinan Governor Ramon Guico III requested the Bureau of Customs (BOC) move the ship carrying 1.35 million liters of crude oil from Sual Bay to safer land.
After being impounded by the BOC on May 3 for failing to provide the required documentation for its cargo worth PHP54 million, the MV Veronica I has been held at Sual Bay.
Guico appealed to the BOC during a meeting on Monday and via a formal letter from the Provincial Legal Officer, according to a statement issued by the Provincial Information Office (PIO) on Wednesday.
If the ship’s crude oil seeps into the bay, the ship “should be moved to a safer location to protect the bay area from destruction,” Guico said.
The ship should be let to temporarily dock at the pier, under the advice of Commander Mark Theodore Valencia, head of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Pangasinan, to avoid the danger that it may be dragged.
The governor said, “But it must be guaranteed that the proof and the ship’s contents will be guarded.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) recommended that when the ship lands at the pier, spill booms be put in place all around it.
“The DENR also recommended adding more anchors to the ship to stabilize the craft. The ship dropped its anchor on a muddy substrate, according to the DENR, who claimed that their divers discovered this.
The ship cannot sail, according to Pablo Costales, a representative of the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) extension office in Pangasinan, because it lacks a safety certificate from the organization.
Due to the ongoing legal matter, Valencia declined to make additional statements during a phone interview on Wednesday.
On the weekend, it’s conceivable that rain may fall due to the typhoon, which will be known as Betty, after it reaches the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).
More than 800 bangus cages are placed in the town’s mariculture region, a cove facing the Lingayen Gulf.
Around 80% of the bangus produced in Pangasinan are supplied by Sual, Bolinao, and Anda municipalities.
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