Oil spill feared after ship sinks in Guimaras Strait

Posted at 01/20/14 7:23 PM

MANILA -- The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)- Western Visayas fears the effects of oil leaking from a sunken ship in Guimaras Strait.

MV Sportivo sank Sunday after it crashed into another vessel, the MV Giana.

The sunken ship now has a hole on its side.

The Coast Guard rescued the 29 crew members of the cargo ship.

MV Sportivo was carrying 28,000 sacks of fertilizer that were to be delivered to Palawan.

The cargo ship spent the night at Guimaras Strait due to the bad weather brought about by tropical depression “Agaton,” but strong waves and winds caused its anchor to snap, eventually leading to its collision with MV Giana.

On Monday, Coast Guard personnel noticed traces of oil seeping from the ship on the sand and rocks in Iloilo City.

An oil slick was also be seen on the sea near Buenavista, Guimaras.

The oil slick is around 5 to 10 meters wide.

Residents of Guimaras Island also fear the effects of the oil spill.

Some fishermen avoided the sea due to the oil slick.

Meanwhile, residents of Jordan, Guimaras have prepared improvised spill booms made from dried grass and hay.

The Coast Guard is still investigating how the fertilizer will affect the province's marine resources. -- report from Bea Zaragosa, ABS-CBN News Iloilo