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Vessel Sinking and Oil Spill off Balingawan Point, Naujuan Oriental Mindoro, Philippines

Oriental Mindoro, Philippines | 2023-Mar-07

Initial Notification: On February 28, 2023, the M/T PRINCESS EMPRESS sank off Balingawan Point, Naujuan Oriental Mindoro. Cause of the casualty is unclear. The vessel, now completely submerged, was carrying as much as 250,000 gallons of fuel oil. The resulting sheen has reached 75 miles in length and has impacted several shorelines. National Response Team (NRT ) was activated 08 Mar in response to a request for assistance received on 07 Mar 2023 from the Government of the Philippines. Philippine Request includes: 1) Oil spill and incident command team experts. 2) Satellite imagery to inform oil spill monitoring and forecasting NOAA is coordinating with NRT member agencies to assess and potentially fulfill these requests.

Incident Details
Primary threat:Oil
Products of concern:Industrial Fuel Oil
Total amount at risk of spill: 210000 gallons
Latitude (approximate): 13° 18.97′ North
Longitude (approximate): 121° 31.80′ East
On-Water Recovery: Unknown/Not applicable
Shoreline Cleanup: Applied
Dispersants: Applied
In-Situ Burn: Unknown/Not applicable
Bioremediation: Unknown/Not applicable