Cargo vessel collides with ship in Philippines, oil spill feared

Cargo vessel collides with ship in Philippines, oil spill feared

A cargo vessel collided with a dredging ship in waters off the Philippine capital on Thursday, triggering fears of an oil spill, the coastguard said.

The MV Palawan Pearl collided with the Cyprus-flagged vessel BKM 104 in Manila Bay, about 100 metres off the shore of Baseco Beach, before dawn, the coastguard said.

No crew members were hurt in the accident, it added.

The Palawan Pearl was carrying 3,000 litres of diesel oil, and 60 litres of engine oil and five litres of bilge oil, according to a crew member.

The BKM 104 was conducting dredging and other land development activities in the area, the coastguard said.

The coastguard’s maritime environmental protection force has been dispatched to lay out oil spill booms around the Palawan Pearl, which was halfway-submerged after the accident.

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