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MARINA, Coast Guard on alert for ‘Ompong’

The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) has issued an advisory to all ship and boat owners to implement precautionary and safety measures in the operation of their vessels as Typhoon Ompong (international name “Mangkhut”) entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Wednesday afternoon.

The MARINA also told vessel operators to activate inclement weather assessment and/or procedures under their respective safety management systems.

“All are also requested to report any maritime accident to the authorities that may involve respective vessels,” the agency said.

MARINA said it will coordinate with the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in monitoring the ports nationwide to ensure maritime safety during the onslaught of the typhoon.

The PCG has directed all its districts and stations in Northern and Central Luzon to be on alert for the impact of the typhoon on the maritime sector.

All district commanders in areas expected to be hit by the super typhoon were instructed to ensure that all assets and personnel are ready to respond during emergencies.

They are expected to coordinate with their respective Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils for possible rescue and related activities, said Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Elson Hermogino.

All types of inter-island vessels are advised to avoid sailing in areas where storm signals will be hoisted by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

Typhoon Ompong is expected to bring heavy to intense rains, strong winds and storm surges over Luzon until the weekend, the weather bureau said.#