The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) apprehended two cargo ships for leaving the Sablayan Port without clearance last Saturday, 11 April.
Investigation revealed that while MV Aceford was docked at Sablayan Port April 09, one of its crew completed the pumping of bilge water but left the end portion of the hose submerged in the sea. The ingress of water flooded the engine room and damaged the electrical equipment such as pumps, starters and alternators.
The crew used the ship’s portable pump with a gas engine to pump out the seawater from the engine room.
The other ship, MV Seaford 9 left North Harbor, Manila to Bacolod City but diverted its route to Sablayan Port to conduct towing operations to MV Aceford. Personnel of Coast Guard Sub Station (CGSS) Sablayan advised CGSS Bredco to apprehend both vessels as they left Sablayan Port without clearance.
An inspection team from CGSS Bredco inspected both vessels that arrived at Bredco Port and found out that all pumps, starters and other electrical equipment were disassembled.
CGSS Bredco issued an Inspection Apprehension Report to both vessels for leaving Sablayan Port without PCG clearance. Both vessels were detained and masters/operators were advised to settle said violation within 10 days. PCG Bredco also advised MV Aceford to file a marine protest regarding the incident and rectify deficiencies before departure.