Vietnam-flagged vessel grounds in Albay, damages marine environment

The Philippine Coast Guard reports a Vietnam-flagged cargo ship, on Monday, grounded off Albay. Coral reefs in the vicinity waters of Legazpi, Albay were damaged by a Vietnam-flagged cargo vessel which ran aground 900 yards off the entrance of Legazpi City Port, the Coast Guard reports.

The Vietnam-flagged vessel is MV Ocean 03, with 4,532 gross tonnages and manned by 21 Vietnamese crew, reportedly ran aground and hit the marine environment at the area while maneuvering enroute to Albay Gulf.

Coast Guard Station-Albay immediately deployed its men along with representatives from the Port State Control Division. At around three in the afternoon, MV Ocean 03 was pulled from its agrounding site and maneuvered northeast of Legazpi Port.

“Port State Control Division issued deficiencies Code 02106: Hull Damage Impairing Seaworthiness, and Code 15101: Safety and Environment Policy to MV Ocean 03,” the Coast Guard said.

PSC also advised the master of the vessel to coordinate with its agency, Hoang Anh Shipping Joint Stock Company, to provide a surveyor from a classification society who will conduct an underwater hull inspection to determine the seaworthiness of the said vessel.

Local officials and the Coast Guard said the vessel will not be allowed to leave until damage to marine environment has been addressed.