Cargo Ship Grounds After Officer On Watch Falls Asleep

A Vietnamese-flagged cargo ship ran aground near the Philippines’ Antique province Thursday after the officer on watch fell asleep, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said.

The 225-meter MV Globe 6 was transporting a rice cargo from Ho Chi Minh City to Davao City and had 25 crew members on board at the time of the incident. The ship’s master Nguyen Hoai told the PCG that the officer on watch had been asleep when the grounding occurred.

The PCG said it immediately dispatched personnel to investigate the incident and inspect the vessel for possible damage and signs of an oil spill. So far no injuries or pollution have been reported.

PCG divers aboard BRP Cape Engaño are currently en route to inspect the vessel’s hull for potential damage.

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