Region 1 police secure marooned Korean cargo vessel

CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO – The police had secured the Korean vessel that was stranded in the seacoast off Sitio Banua, Barangay Balaoi, Pagudpud, the Ilocos Norte provincial director has reported to the regional police office here.

In his report to Police Chief Supt. Constante D. Azares Jr., head of Police Regional Office 1, Ilocos Norte provincial director Police Senior Supt. Benjamin M. Lusad said that they have secured the vessel, identified as “MV Namyang 8,” and coordinated with the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation (BID) office in Laoag City and with the Philippine Coastguard unit based in Currimao town.

“Our police personnel are still securing the marooned vessel while arrangements are underway for the shipping company to provide a tugboat to haul the damaged ship to a port for repair,” Lusad said.

Last January 2, a multi-agency team, together with ten Korean crew members of the vessel, arrived in the area from Cagayan province and boarded the ship for inspection purposes. The inspecting team took samples of alleged magnetite iron sand from the vessel’s cargo load and other paraphernalia/materials found in the crew’s quarters and these were brought to the Ilocos Norte Crime Laboratory Office for laboratory examination.

The crew members were brought to Pagudpud Police Station for temporary custody pending immigration investigation and the next day, they were transferred to the BID office in Region 2 under the custody of BID Region 2 Director Eva Antiporda.

Further investigation disclosed that “MV Namyang 8” is owned by Oyang Marine Company, Ltd., registered under the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and allegedly bound for China from the port of Aparri in Cagayan.

“We are conducting a thorough investigation on the incident to determine if laws were violated, and to file charges against the guilty persons, if necessary,” Lusad said.#