By Betheena Unite
All shipowners and operators were reminded Monday by the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) to suspend sea travels to and from areas affected by even the lowest signal of weather disturbance.
As Typhoon “Tisoy” threatens to pummel some parts of Bicol region, Luzon, and Visayas, MARINA reiterated to all ship owners and operators to follow all precautionary measures needed to be carried out to ensure the safety of life and property at sea.
“Ships should not sail if the port of destination or areas of preparations are affected by even the lowest signal of weather disturbance and ensure that their ship have been out to shelter without delay,” MARINA said in an advisory.
It further reiterated that “officers and crew should be alert at all times and be prepared to deal with changing conditions on short notice, as areas which may have been considered sheltered may quickly become exposed.”
Operators were also advised to follow the warning from government forces stationed at the ports. They were also reminded to follow measures such as monitoring and compliance with weather announcements from the weather state bureau and notice to mariners issued daily by the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA) and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) to all vessels relating to sea state and gale warnings.
The PCG, on the other hand, announced the suspension of scheduled sea trips from and to the port terminals in Bicol region. Trips of roll-in, roll-out vessels from Caticlan to Roxas, Mindoro; Caticlan to Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro; Caticlan to Batangas Port and vice versa were cancelled Monday.
Vessels in Manila Bay were also advised to take shelter and ensure that there are no passengers on board. The crew must also coordinate with the Coast Guard.