The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has welcomed the U.S. Navy’s support to the ongoing oil spill response operations in Oriental Mindoro.
According to the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, the U.S. Navy will send Hydros Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), a working-class ROV with full manipulator arms, to augment oil containment and recovery solutions.
The U.S. Navy’s 10-day Hydros ROV operations will commence on 01 April 2023.
Moreover, they will also provide a container of support equipment, including a crane and launching system, to deploy the Hydros ROV.
For the booming equipment, the U.S. Navy Supervisor of Salvage (SUPSALV) will also supply:
a) 1,000 feet of 26-inch (in height) harbor boom,
b) one shop van to conduct maintenance or repairs
c) one decontamination van for oiled equipment/boom
d) a variety of small shoreline skimmers
e) one 23-foot inflatable vessel
f) one seven-meter Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB),
g) three small zodiac boats
h) small-sized all-terrain forklift
i) all-terrain vehicle with a cart
The U.S. Navy will also bring personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect the crew and sorbent materials to support shoreline response operations.
PCG Commandant, CG Admiral Artemio M Abu, thanked the U.S. Government for extending available resources and technical experts to address the oil spill and help the affected communities recover from its negative impacts.