Oil Spill from Listed Ship in Ormoc Contained
Joint elements of the Coast Guard Eastern Visayas have immediately contained an oil spill from a listing vessel in Port of Ormoc around 7:35AM last 29 December.
Reports revealed that MV Ocean Legacy was loaded with approximately 110 containers and was supposed to unload five of it in Port of Ormoc. However, during the unloading of the third container, the ship started to list on her port side against the pier.
Upon knowing the situation, personnel of Coast Guard District Eastern Visayas (CGDEV), personnel from Coast Guard Station (CGS) Ormoc and Field Station Eastern Visayas (FS-EV) proceeded MV Ocean Legacy to conduct investigation. Upon arrival, the team immediately instructed the crew to disembark for proper accounting. Upon verification that all personnel were all accounted for and in good physical condition, the master and chief engineer were invited to give initial information regarding the said incident.
CAPT PABLO T GONZALES PCG, Commander of CGDEV, then instructed Special Operations Unit of Eastern Visayas (SOU-EV) personnel to conduct underwater hull inspection, while Marine Environmental Protection Unit of Eastern Viasayas (MEPU-EV) was tasked to prepare for Marine Environmental Protection inspection and coordinated with Petron depot for deployment of oil spill equipment.
Around 10:15 of same day, three SOU-Eastern Visayas personnel together with five engineers of MV Ocean Legacy, boarded the vessel to secure it while CGDEV personnel together with Coast Guard Auciliary District Eastern Visayas (CGADEV), onboard muscle boat retrieved the floating debris from said vessel.
Hon Eric Codilla, City Mayor of Ormoc City and Councilor Pepe Alfaro arrived at the scene to check the ongoing response operations conducted by the Philippine Coast Guard. Subsequently a Command Post was erected at the scene. Six segments of type B boom provided by Petron Depot Ormoc also arrived at the scene. Immediately personnel of CGDEV with personnel of CGS Ormoc, SOU-EV, MEPU-EV, FS-EV, personnel from Arastre and personnel of Ormoc rescue deployed the said boom on the port side of the vessel to trap the possible spill from the vessel.
Around 12:50 PM of the same date, spillage of bunker oil was first seen on the area and additional oil spill combating equipment from Petron depot arrived with two bundles of absorbent pad, two pieces of back pack sprayer, two bundles of absorbent boom, one drum of chemical dispersant, and five segments of oil spill boom. The team deployed additional five segments of oil spill boom on the area.
Around 3:30 PM of same day, Hon Lucy Torres - Gomez, Congresswoman of the Fourth District of Leyte, together with party arrived at the scene to check the ongoing response operations of the Philippine Coast Guard.
MV Ocean Legacy is a steel hulled cargo vessel of 2,864.00 gross tonnages, owned and operated by Oceanic Container Lines Inc. It was home ported in Manila and skippered by Captain Junte C Eslawan. Said vessel was manned by a total of 29 Officers including crew onboard.
All officers and crew of said vessel was temporarily billeted aboard CGS Ormoc while waiting for further instruction from the company and the master of subject vessel was advised to file marine protest.