Friday, August 3, 2012

RORO Docking at Caticlan Jetty Port, Difficult, But Trips Are Still On-going

The Philippine Coast Guard Caticlan Station acknowledges the fact that until now they are having difficulties with Roll on-roll off or RORO vessels’ docking at the Caticlan Jetty Port due to immense and rough waves.

According to PCG Caticlan Acting Station Commander Chief PT Officer Ronnie Hiponia there has been a slight setback on getting passengers from Roxas Oriental Mindoro off and on board at the jetty port.

This is because the Ship Captains need to wait for the sea to be calmer before docking at the port.

Hiponia however said that the said difficulty happens in Caticlan alone as the waters in Roxas Oriental Mindoro aren’t that rough.

Aside from this the official said, almost 45 minutes has been added to the RORO trip at this route as they need to pass via Caluya, Antique area to Caticlan and vice versa in order to avoid strong waves and to ensure the safety of the passengers.

Nonetheless despite the mentioned hindrances RORO trips are still on-going as of now.

Also as ROROs are being loaded with tons of cargoes along with trucks and vans, he explained that prior to its departure these cargoes are weighed at Caticlan Jetty Port to maintain balance and safe sailing.

He added that the regulation of the port is also being sternly adhered upon that cargoes must be limited to 35 tons only and the excess must be cut down.

Meanwhile as we are still experiencing rough seas, Hiponia warns the fishermen especially those with smaller vessels to restrain from going off shore at this weather.

Similarly Hiponia strictly cautions about the temporary prohibition of swimming in the front beach of Boracay in order to avoid subsequent incidents of drowning.

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