TACLOBAN CITY: The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has banned ships from anchoring at Tacloban sea port starting Thursday to prevent ship grounding if in case typhoon-induced waves batter the city.
PCG Tacloban station commander Lt. Paul C. Gonzales said that master of vessels were asked to finish unloading today, leave the port, and take shelter outside Eastern Visayas.
“They have to depart the vicinity of Region 8 as soon as possible because anchoring in Tacloban port during typhoon is not safe anymore due to damages caused by ‘Yolanda’,” Gonzales said.
The state weather bureau warned of possible three to four meters of storm surges due to typhoon “Ruby” that may wash anchored sea vessels ashore.
When super typhoon Yolanda hit this city last year, powerful storm surges oddly displaced nine vessels taking shelter in the city’s port area. Two of these vessels flattened residential homes.
Of the nine ships that ran aground, two have remained untouched more than one year after the disaster.
The PCG also advised fishermen not to venture into sea due to typhoon threats. PNA