Tanker, merchant ship collide off the coast of Cavite

The mariners aboard a tanker and merchant ship that collided Wednesday off the coast of Cavite are “in good condition” while no oil leaks have so far been detected Wednesday, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said.

Based on its report Thursday, the PCG station in Cavite received a phone call regarding the incident at 9:50 p.m. on Wednesday and deployed a response team to the collision site.

“Per the initial report, the PCG found out that Rich Rainbow, registered under the flag of Panama, was loaded with gasoline, while Ivy Alliance, registered under the flag of Marshall Islands, was loaded with coal when the accident occurred,” the PCG said.

MV Rich Rainbow, a motor tanker, was headed to China from the Philippines while the Marshall Islands-registered MV Ivy Alliance, a bulk carrier, was headed to the Philippines from Indonesia.

“While waiting for the marine protests that will be filed by the concerned shipping companies, the Coast Guard Station Cavite conducts necessary preparations for the availability of technical experts who will conduct marine casualty investigation,” the PCG said.

On Thursday morning, both vessels were issued a notice of detention until further investigation has been made. PNA.GOV.PH