Chinese Ship Disabled North of Tubbataha Reef

The Philippine Star
Wednesday, March 06, 2013

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) reports another foreign vessel in trouble off Palawan, to be taken in tow.

The Chinese cargo ship M/V Tai An Hai reported engine trouble and was drifting late some 96 kilometers south of Tubbataha Reef, reports The Philippine Star.

The M/V Tai An Hai was on passage from Singapore to Tagbilaran, Bohol to deliver 5,900 tons of limestone when the ship's main engines shut down.

Initial reports from the area indicated rough sea conditions had hammered the vessel and the ship's captain was worried that the ship would run aground in shallow waters.

The Coast Guard’s BRP Pampanga was deployed to render assistance to the Chinese vessel, and an ocean-going tugboat, the Harbor Star is also on its way to assist.

Source: The Philippine Star

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