Palace promises to complete the full oil spill cleaning by June.
According to a statement on Saturday by Malacaang, the final stage of the oil leak cleanup in Oriental Mindoro will be finished in a month.
Following the arrival of a dynamic support vessel (DSV), which would be used to pump the leftover 800,000 liters of industrial fuel oil from the sinking MT Princess Empress at the Riviera Pier in Subic Bay Freeport Zone on Friday, Communication Secretary Cheloy Garafil gave the guarantee.
According to Garafil, the DSV Fire Opal would complete the final stage of the cleanup, and the activities would take 20 to 30 days.
The DSV Fire Opal, which landed at the Riviera Pier in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone last Friday, will remove and transport lubricant-rich waste to a tanker before discarding the gathered oil. According to officials, the siphoning operations could continue for up to 30 days, Garafil stated.
The boat will leave Subic that evening on May 28 with plans to reach Batangas the next day.
Then, she said, it will travel to the chosen mission location.
Garafil stated that the evacuation would be completed in 20 to 30 days, citing the information from Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Commandant Admiral Artemio Abu.
According to a separate report provided by Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Administrator Ariel Nepomuceno, if weather conditions are “favorable,” the operations will last a month.
The Protection and Indemnity Insurance Club (P&I) hired the DSV and chartered by the Malayan Towage and Salvage Corp.
Marcos expressed optimism that the cleanup will be completed in under four months in March.
According to a report sent to Marcos earlier this month by Carlito Galvez Jr., the director of the Department of National Defense, nearly 84 percent, or 62.95 km, of the 74.71 km of shoreline in Oriental Mindoro province impacted by the oil spill have been cleaned up.
According to Galvez’s report, the OCD documented a total of 6,801 liters of oil waste and 300,603.60 liters of oil-contaminated waste that several agencies and organizations collected.
A remotely operated vehicle (ROV), the Japanese salvage ship Shin Nichi Maru, arrived at the port of Calapan in Oriental Mindoro in March and was promptly sent to the mission area to assist in the cleanup operations.
When the MT Princess Empress ran aground on February 28 owing to engine issues, it was estimated that it was carrying roughly 800,000 liters of industrial fuel oil. The next day, it sank.
About 96,256 residents affected by the oil disaster have received early recovery aid of PHP516,873,483 from the Marcos administration.
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