The Philippines Coast Guard (PCG) District Southern Tagalog, today announce that a cargo vessel which ran aground more than two years during the height of Typhoon Quinta, was now successfully removed to safety at the waters in Barangay Palikpikan, Balayan, Batangas during a towing operations and refloating conducted on Saturday 8th July 2023.

As per response team of the Philippines Coast Guard Sub-Station Balayan, said ill-fated vessel, “Hanako”, a general cargo vessel with 2,172 gross tonnage and length of 93 meters, is owned and operated by Amparo Shipping Lines- Manila, as the Philippines Coast Guard District Southern Tagalog reports in social media.

“According to reports by PCG, the vessel and MT Ocean Queen 9, also owned by the said shipping line, were two of the vessels ran aground off the shores of said barangay during the onslaught of said typhoon on 26th October 2020”, said the PCG in its official page in Facebook.

The dispatched team from the Philippines Coast Guard Sub-Station Balayan and the Marine Environmental Protection Force-Southern Tagalog personnel were present to supervise and monitor the conduct of maritime towing operations of the distressed vessel M/V “Hanako” by the Motor Tug “ASC CRISANT”.

The M/V “Hanako” was successfully towed from her present position to a temporary anchorage area in between waters off Baha and Talibayog in Caltagan, Batangas prior securing to its position, the Philippines Coast Guard authorities said in their statement.