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Coast Guard launches salvage op on grounded vessel

MV BELLA Trix, a GY Shipping Lines vessel carrying bulk wheat with 22 crew members onboard, ran aground while traveling from Davao to Tagoloan, Cagayan de Oro City (CDO) on May 3.

Lt Commander Angel Tobias, Coast Guard District Southeastern Mindanao (CGDSEM) chief of staff, said salvage operations commenced at 9:34 a.m. on May 4, 2024, with the arrival of the tugboat MT Regulus operated by Harbour Star. 

However, initial attempts to refloat MV Bella Trix were unsuccessful due to tidal conditions.

The investigation confirmed the vessel’s central fuel oil tank was secure and not leaking seawater. However, seawater intrusion was detected in the forepeak tank containing fresh water. This has been addressed using a portable water pump.

As of 7:30 p.m. on May 4, operational planning for salvaging the vessel is ongoing. This involves personnel from GY Shipping Lines, the Philippine Coast Guard Station Commander of Davao Oriental, the designated Safety Officer, and representatives from Harbour Star.

GY Shipping Lines remains committed to prioritizing crew safety and minimizing environmental impact.

TIMES is still reaching out to the GY shopping lines for further updates on the salvage operation and the status of MV Bella Trix as they become available.



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