Velasco wants to review its maritime travel policy
The maritime travel suspension policy must be reviewed to address issues of port congestion and stranded passengers, Speaker of the House Lord Allan Velasco said on Sunday.
In a statement, Velasco said the policy, which suspends sea travel in areas subject to Storm Signal No.1 or 36 hours before a weather disturbance occurs in a locality, affects the shipping and shipping industry. of the country as well as public safety.
“The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) circular resulted in stressful delays, unplanned cancellations, lower economic productivity and stalled shipping services,” Velasco said.
In a meeting with PCG, PAGASA and MARINA officials, Velasco urged agencies to adjust to a shorter time frame for storm signals and vessel movement in bad weather.
He said the 36-hour deadline is “long enough” to order the suspension of travel for the ships.
“We need to find a way to adjust the way we determine storm warning signals and protocols that allow ships to travel by sea without sacrificing the safety of passengers and seafarers,” Velasco said.
He said people and shipments are stranded in ports even though the weather is calm or “they have enough time to travel safely.”
He cited residents of his home province of Marinduque, where residents are stranded in the seaport due to the high storm signal. He added that other seaports could also experience the same problems.
Pursuant to PCG Circular No. 02-13 or the “Guidelines for the Movement of Vessels in Heavy Weather, any type of boat, vessel or seagoing vessel is prohibited from operating and navigating at the point of origin, l The planned route and point of destination after a Public Storm Warning Signal (PSWS) # 1 is raised.
PSWS # 1 is lifted by PAGASA if winds of 30 to 60 kilometers per hour are expected to occur in a given locality within 36 hours.
According to its website, PCG said the memorandum aims to prevent “maritime accidents and damage to the marine environment”. —LBG, GMA News