Iloilo on alert over oil spill-A A +A
Friday, January 24, 2014
ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog has ordered a vigilant watch along the shores of coastal barangays in the city following the reported oil sheen in some coastal villages of Guimaras Island.
M/V Sportivo, carrying 12,000 liters of bunker oil, 1,500 liters of high grade special oil and 28,000 bags of fertilizer bound for Palawan, sank last January 18, around 5:45 a.m., after colliding with another cargo vessel M/V Jehan 5, which was also carrying 14,700 bags of cement.
Sportivo is owned by Seen Sam Shipping registered in Cebu, while Jehan 5 is owned by Jehan Shipping Corp., also based in Cebu.
The owner of Sportivo has already hired Gaspar Salvage Co. to refloat the sunken ship.
Mabilog said he created a management team to be headed by City Administrator Norlito Bautista and directed the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) and the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) to conduct an immediate assessment along the Iloilo Strait.
The sinking happened at some 1,500 yards from the mouth of the Iloilo River.
Mabilog had ordered the installation of oil spill boom.
As of Friday, January 24, the oil sheen reached the mangrove areas of Barangay Hoskyn, Jordan and Barangay Sawang, Buenavista, all the island province of Guimaras.
Minimal oil sheen was also seen at Barangay Ortiz in Iloilo City.