Chinese crew disembarks as detained ship runs aground in Zambales.



Detained Ship with Chinese Crew Runs Aground in Zambales

SAN FELIPE, Zambales — A foreign aggregate carrier with seven Chinese crew members ran aground at an unfinished pier in Barangay Maloma, Zambales on Wednesday, May 29.

Commander Euphraim Jayson Diciano, head of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) station in the province, approved the request from the Sierra Leone-flagged MV Hyperline 988 to secure the vessel and its crew due to rough waves and currents.

The ship was allowed to change anchorage to the waters off Barangay Bolitoc in Sta. Cruz town.

Diciano reported that as the vessel was leaving the unfinished port, it ran aground because of the rough waves.

The Chinese crew disembarked from the ship and sought shelter in the shaded area of the pier. They were later examined by personnel from the municipal health office and found to be in good condition.

As of Thursday, the Chinese crew remained in the area while a salvage company was contacted to retrieve the vessel.

The ship was detained on May 16 for having 21 deficiencies while anchored at Barangay Sindol in San Felipe.

On May 25, PCG advised the vessel master to seek shelter due to an approaching typhoon. Despite instructions to discuss sheltering possibilities with the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) in Manila, the vessel opted to stay in Sindol to avoid high anchorage fees in Manila.

On May 28, the vessel master expressed a desire to convert the crew from all Chinese to all Filipino, but the request was denied by PCG.

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