The Information Fusion Centre (IFC) reports a rise in theft, robbery and piracy at sea (TRAPS) incidents with a record of two Sea Robberies, six Sea Thefts, and two Attempted Actions incidents from January to August 2020 in both Manila and Batangas Bay, Philippines.
Philippine Coast Guard
According to a recent statement, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) recently rescued an injured crew of a Chinese cargo vessel “MV Wuzhou 8” along the vicinity waters off Corregidor Island, Cavite. According to the initial investigation, on Sunday, January 12, a Chinese crewmember accidentally fell into the cargo hold and suffered a head injury while on duty.
The Philippine Coast Guard rescued a total of 48 passengers and crew from the ship ‘Twins G-2’, while at the vicinity waters of Barangay Astorga, Daram, Samar, on 30 August. Investigation revealed that an engine failure started due to the explosion of the starboard’s engine fuel line.
The Philippine Coast Guard rescued a total of 149 passengers and 18 crew members from the cargo ship ‘Mika Mari 8’, which listed heavily while at Port of Consuelo, Cebu, on Saturday. Four of the passengers suffered minor injuries and were brought to hospital as a result.
A crew member went overboard from the Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier ‘KSL Singapore’ while the ship was 8.26 nautical miles Southwest of Orchid Island, Taiwan, according to data provided by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG). The man was last seen onboard on 24 August.
The Philippines were struck by a fatal incident, after three passenger motorboats capsized off the city Iloilo, Panay, on Saturday, August 3. The capsized incident resulted to 31 of the passengers found dead, according to Iloilo city officials.
According to the Philippine Coast Guard, a Panama-flagged cargo vessel ran aground near Philippine Lauis Ledge Lighthouse, off Talisay coast, Cebu, on August 3. The incident took place when the vessel was entering the Traffic Separation Scheme, South Cebu-Mactan.
According to Philippine Coast Guard, a Phillippine ro-ro vessel caught fire while it was docked and under repair at FF Cruz Wharf, Mandaue City, Cebu around 4 a.m. local time on June 10. One crew member sustained a minor injury.
A K-Line car carrier called ‘Diamond Highway’ has been abandoned in the South China Sea, as fire erupted on board the ship on June 16. Because of the fire, all 25 of the crew members had to abandon the ship. After the crew abandoned the ship, they were rescued by the bulk carrier ‘Canupos Leader’ and are being transported to Thailand.
The general cargo ship ‘Andrea Princess 2’ caught a fire while anchored off Cebu, Philippines, on April 22, according to data provided by the Philippine Coast Guard. The Coast Guard District Central Visayas (CGDCV), with two multi-role response vessels, successfully put out the fire.
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