The Panama flagged, 2021-built oil product tanker, RICH RAINBOW collided with the Marshall Islands flagged, 2011-built Bulk carrier IVY ALLIANCE on Wednesday night off Cavite province.
The incident between MT Rich Rainbow and Bulk Carrier Ivy Alliance took place three nautical miles from Cavite City, according to PCG spokesperson Commodore Armand Balilo.
At around 09:50 p.m., the Coast Guard Station Cavite received a phone call regarding the incident and immediately deployed a response team from the Coast Guard Sub-Station Cavite City for necessary support. Coast Guard Sub-Stations Noveleta and Kawit also rendered assistance.
As per the initial report, the PCG found out that RICH RAINBOW was loaded with gasoline, while IVY ALLIANCE was loaded with coal.
RICH RAINBOW departed from the Philippines enroute to China, while IVY ALLIANCE departed from Indonesia enroute to the Philippines when the accident occurred.
Based on the assessment, Rich Rainbow incurred a 15 to 20 meters horizontal long hole from her starboard bow to the starboard beam above the waterline. Ivy Alliance, on the other hand, sustained a 10 to 15 meters horizontal long hole at her forward starboard bow above the waterline.
According to Balilo, there is no oil spill reported and all crew are in good physical condition.
“We will conduct investigation. We will just make sure that all crew are safe and accounted for,” he said.
As of now both the ships are anchored at Manila Anchorage. As part of the marine casualty investigation of this incident, both the ships will be served a ‘notice of detention’ by the Port State Control.