Web Photo of Sta Clara Shipping RORO – Not the actual vessel

LEGAZPI CITY—A roll-on-roll-off (Ro-ro) vessel, owned by Santa Clara Shipping Company, ran aground a marine protected area some 1.2 kilometers off the waters of Barangay Rawis, Libon town on Tuesday here.

Nonie Enolva, spokesperson of Bureau of Fisheries Aquatic Resources (BFAR) regional office, said that “MV Jack Daniel” departed the Port of Pantao, Libon, town after its regular maintenance.

But the vessel ran aground in the marine protected area of Barangay Rawis in Libon after underestimating a maneuvering process.

Enolva said they cannot determine yet the extent of damage.

“We cannot determine yet the valuation of damage,” she said, adding that the BFAR dive team will conduct damage assessment on corals on Thursday, April 26.

The Roro vessel, with 795 gross tons and 24 crew, is plying Pioduran to Masbate and was undergoing regular maintenance in Pantao port.

Extraction will be made during hightide later Tuesday afternoon.(PNA)

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