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Coast Guard checks possible fuel leak from grounded vessel.

By Betheena Unite

A possible fuel leak is now being checked by the Philippine Coast Guard after a bulk carrier ran aground off Iloilo River Thursday.

According to the Coast Guard Station Iloilo, at present, there is no sign of oil spill in the area but divers from Marine Environmental Protection Unit are "closely monitoring the situation and underwater survey is being conducted."

The possible threat that they are monitoring, Coast Guard said, is the possible diesel fuel leak in case fuel tanks are damaged as a result of the grounding.

It was disclosed that the fuel balance onboard is 15,000 liters and no bunker fuel onboard.

Investigation showed that the shipping vessel "MV Unity" of Seaford Shipping ran aground at approximately 20 meters away from Parola Wharf at the mouth of Iloilo River at around 5 a.m. Thursday.

The bulk carrier has no cargo onboard and was on its way out of Iloilo River when the incident happened.

"It was low tide when the incident happened. It is expected that said vessel will be free from grounded position upon high tide," report from the Coast Guard Iloilo said.

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Title Annotation:Provincial
Publication:Manila Bulletin
Date:Feb 7, 2019
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