Philippine Navy’s Largest Vessel Collides With Liberian Tanker off Zamboanga

By: Frances Mangosing

zamboanga-cityA Philippine Navy ship collided with a Liberian tanker in Zamboanga City on Monday night, the military said.

The BRP Tarlac, the Philippine Navy’s largest vessel, collided with merchant tanker Tosca  past 7 p.m.  while it was anchored 1,000 yards south of Ensign Majini Pier at Naval Station Romula Espaldon, Armed Forces public affairs chief Col. Edgard Arevalo said.

The Navy vessel had a minor damage in her right forward bulwark and side ramp but no crew members were hurt.

“Investigation by the Philippine Coast Guard Station is ongoing to determine the circumstances of the collision,” Arevalo said.

MT Tosca, which has 21 Filipinos and a Ukrainian crew on board, was bound for Bintulo, Malaysia.

The BRP Tarlac, the country’s first strategic sea-lift vessel, is serving as the naval blockade against the Abu Sayyaf in Sulu.


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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.