Ship carrying toxic waste from South Korea nabbed

Aileen Cerrudo

The Philippine Coastguard (PCG) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) nabbed a ship for carrying toxic waste from South Korea on November 22 in Zambales.

In a post from the PCG, authorities arrested the master and crew of a merchant ship carrying 53,000 metric tons (MT) of toxic substance from Gwangyang Port, South Korea.

“Based on the report provided by the National Coast Watch Center (NCWC), the joint PCG-NBI team proceeded to the area to intercept the Liberian-flagged merchant ship from South Korea carrying the toxic substance recognized as phospho gypsum,” according to the post.

According to the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) phospho gypsum is a ‘radioactive’ substance due to the presence of naturally occurring radioactive elements.

The PCG said the team immediately boarded the ship and requested the master to present the cargo permits for such operation, but he failed to do so.

“The ship master, its crew, as well as the crane operators were arrested and were brought at the NBI Headquarters in Manila for proper custody and further investigation,” the PCG said.—AAC

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