PH Coast Guard suspends sea travel for small vessels in Southern Luzon
LUCENA CITY — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) suspended sea travel on Tuesday, Aug. 29, for small vessels in the provinces of Batangas, Marinduque, Oriental Mindoro, Romblon, and northern Quezon due to rough sea conditions brought by Typhoon Goring (international name: Saola) and the southwest monsoon (habagat).
The PCG advisory cited a 5 a.m. forecast by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) of a strong gale-force wind that is expected to affect the western and southern seaboards of Southern Luzon.
This meant that all trips of vessels with 250 gross tonnage or less, like motorized passenger or fishing boats in Batangas, Marinduque, Oriental Mindoro, Romblon, and northern Quezon including the Polillo group of islands, were suspended.
The order, separately issued and signed by respective PCG commanders in these areas, was posted around 6:45 a.m. Tuesday on the Facebook page of the Coast Guard District Southern Tagalog.
The suspension order would be lifted and sea travel for small sea craft may be resumed when weather/sea conditions permit as may be declared by Pagasa, the PCG said.