Typhoon Odette grounds 3 ships off NegOcc

BACOLOD CITY–At least three ships ran aground off the coast of Negros Occidental between Thursday evening and early Friday morning as Typhoon Odette battered the southern part of the province.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Negros Occidental identified the ships as the M/T Mary Queen of Hope, LCT Citic 102, and M/V Jake Vincent Dos.

The M/T Mary Queen of Hope ran aground at Campomanes Bay in Brgy. Maricalum, Sipalay City, where it planned to seek shelter after leaving the BREDCO Port anchorage area in Bacolod City last December 15. But when Odette slammed into southern Negros on Thursday night, the vessel’s anchor reportedly snapped, causing the ship to go adrift until it finally got beached.

The vessel was inspected by PCG personnel on Saturday afternoon, and while no damage was found to the ship’s hull, there was damage to the bottom right engine.

The LCT Citic 102, meanwhile, ran aground at a local oil firm’s pipeline on the shoreline of Brgy. Banago, Bacolod City.

The PCG said a diver working for the oil firm made an inspection and found that the vessel’s stern (rear) sitting on the receiving pipeline but without causing damage.

The vessel’s captain was later advised by the PCG to loosen its anchor during high tide to prevent it from damaging the pipeline.

Meanwhile, the M/V Jake Vincent Dos ran aground in the vicinity of the BREDCO Port early morning Friday. The PCG sub-station at BREDCO Port immediately conducted an inspection of the vessel and found no crew present.

It was later learned that the vessel had been abandoned two years prior at the port’s anchorage area.

An investigation by the PCG sub-station also revealed that the vessel went adrift, dragging its anchor until it reached a shallow area of the port during the typhoon.

The PCG said no oil spill was detected as the vessel’s tanks were completely empty, adding it is not a danger to navigation in the area. (Eugene Y. Adiong/iNews-Bacolod/Negros Bureau)

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