Ship owner assures $1.5-M rehab funds for Monad Shoal

Carmel Loise Matus 07/01/2016

The vessel which ran aground in Monad Shoal last month has been allowed to set sail to Subic Bay, Zambales for repairs after the Cebu provincial government received without objection the ship owner’s letter of guarantee ensuring…

Experts determining worth of damage on Monad Shoal

Jose Santino S. Bunachita 06/28/2016

After completing the actual measurements of the damaged portion in Monad Shoal, experts from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) 7 and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 are now conducting a…

Scientists send coral reef plea to Australia

06/27/2016

HONOLULU — As the largest international gathering of coral reef experts comes to a close, scientists have sent a letter to Australian officials calling for action to save the world’s reefs, which are being rapidly damaged. The…

Experts to assess extent of damage of Monad Shoal

Jose Santino S. Bunachita 06/22/2016

WITH the removal of the Panama-registered MV Belle Rose from where it ran aground in Monad Shoal off Malaspascua Island in northern Cebu, a team of divers will now focus on measuring the exact damaged area to…

Compromise reached on Monad Shoal damage

Jose Santino S. Bunachita 06/21/2016

The Cebu provincial government and other entities that suffered damage after the cargo vessel MV Belle Rose ran aground in the waters off Daanbantayan town last week have formally agreed to settle the matter amicably and allow…

Capitol environment chief dismisses threat

Jose Santino S. Bunachita 06/21/2016

Barely a month since his appointment as interim head of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO), Baltazar Tribunalo Jr. said he is now receiving death threats from angry haulers. But Tribunalo who assumed office last…

Capitol: Vessel won’t leave until damages are paid for

Jose Santino S. Bunachita, Michelle Joy L. Padayhag 06/20/2016

Local officials don’t want the Panamanian-registered cargo vessel MV Belle Rose to leave the country after it was refloated yesterday. The refloating came eight days after the vessel ran aground in the waters off a famous dive…

Long-term damage

Editorial 06/20/2016

Being a country composed of more than 7,000 islands occupied by residents that raise children who can swim and earn money diving for fish and pearls, the Philippines surprisingly registers more maritime tragedies than airline accidents. The…

MV Belle Rose refloated at Monad Shoal

Michelle Joy L. Padayhag 06/20/2016

CEBU CITY—The Panamanian-registered cargo vessel that ran aground in a famous dive spot off Malapascua Island, Daanbantayan town in Cebu was refloated past 10 a.m. on Monday, after two days of slowly pulling it back to deeper…

Tide, broken pumps bar ship recovery

Michelle Joy L. Padayhag 06/18/2016

The strong tide and malfunctioning ballast pumps kept a salvor company from moving the stranded Panamanian vessel MV Belle Rose away from Monad Shoal at Malapascua Island in Daanbantayan town, northern Cebu yesterday. Noel Kimmayong, marine superintendent…

Salvage operation for MV Belle Rose starts

Michelle Joy L. Padayhag 06/18/2016

CEBU CITY—Three tugboats were used to pull back a Panamanian-registered cargo vessel that ran aground on the shoal off Malapascua Island in Daanbantayan town, in northern Cebu. Two tugboats were at the back portion of MV Belle…

MV Belle Rose moved slightly away from shoal

Michelle Joy L. Padayhag 06/18/2016

THE vessel MV Belle Rose was moved backwards by a salvor company that tried to pull it towards deeper waters Saturday morning. Noel Kimmayong, marine superintendent of Malayan Towage and Salvaging Corp. confirmed the development in a…

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