Oil spill booms were put in place as a preventive measure following the capsizing of a cargo vessel in San Fernando town, southern Cebu on Tuesday afternoon.
Lt. Jr. Grade Michael John Encina, spokesman of the Philippine Coast Guard in Central Visayas (PCG-7), told Bohol Island News that this is part of their standard operating procedures in order to prevent a possible oil spill from the capsized vessel MV Eva Mary Grace.
Based on their initial investigation, the vessel capsized while it was operating its cranes in loading the last batch of cement that was ready for shipment when the incident happened at around 4:37 p.m.
The cargo vessel was docked at the Solid Earth Development Corp. (SEDC) port.
According to Taiheiyo Cement Philippines website, SEDC is operating a port with 10 berthing spaces in the said town that the former is using to ship out their cement products to various ports in the Philippines.
Twelve crew on board were rescued including crane operator Manuel Incarnacion, who was injured and brought in South General Hospital for treatment.
The other crew including Capt. Michael Zeta was safely rescued and given medical attention by the responders.
In the photos sent by PCG-7, only the port side now of cargo vessel is visible. This has a gross tonnage of 346.47.