Ship That Ran Aground in Sulu Sea Monitored for Possible Oil Spill

   January 13, 2019 ,   Accidents

The Philippine Coast Guard is monitoring a possible oil spill from a ship that ran aground on January 7 in Sulu Sea, approx 15 nm northeast of Cagayancillo (Cagayancillo island) in Philippines' Palawan province, while en-route from Bataan to General Santos for drydock repairs.

According to Coast Guard District Palawan, environmental protection personnel was alerted in case the vessel had spilled fuel oil in the accident area.

Being towed for drydocking, MV Forever Lucky ran aground. All the 15 crew were evacuated and are now safe at Cagayancillo. They will be brought to Puerto Princesa for further investigation of the accident.

MV Forever Lucky ship accident

MV Forever Lucky is the same ship that was apprehended in 2018 for its alleged involvement in human smuggling in Bataan. 139 locals were rescued from alleged human smuggling attempt. The vessel was bound for Micronesia but intercepted in Bataan in July. The human smuggling attempt was tagged the “first mass human smuggling case in Luzon.”