By Shyla Francisco
MAY 15, 2019 — Several drums of oil from a Tanzanian-registered vessel spilled in the waters off Zambales last week due to bad weather.
According to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the vessel was forced to dock in Barangay Bangan, Botolan, Zambales on May 8 after water kept coming inside the ship’s part where drums of diesel were located.
The vessel, manned by a Chinese crew, was in the area while waiting for an approval to dredge the Bucao river.
Currently, the vessel is still grounded but the oil spill has been contained.
Residents however are still worried. They still are unable to fish as their catch reeks of oil.
The DENR, along with the Coast Guard, is set to inspect the vessel tomorrow.
The target is to move the vessel out by tomorrow afternoon.