2Go Group on MV St Thomas Aquinas sea tragedy

Alongside 2GO Group’s ongoing search and rescue operations, the company is also addressing and containing the oil spill coming from the sunken m/v St. Thomas Aquinas by flying in global oil spill experts to professionally handle the situation in the Lawis Ledge in Talisay, Cebu as part of the company’s commitment to the environment.

On Aug. 17, the day after the ship sank, 2GO Group deployed two Malayan towage tugboats at the site to contain an anticipated oil spill. One of the tugboats is properly equipped with machineries, materials and supplies against oil spills such as the 400 meter oil spill boom, including oil skimmer; solvent boom pads to absorb oils from the water surface; 4 bales of booms and pads and drums of chemical dispersants. In short, 2GO is taking all steps to contain any possible oil spills from the ship’s sinking.

MV St Thomas  Aquinas
2GO Group has released a statement about the sea mishap involving their vessel MV ST Thomas Aquinas (Credits: Flickr)

The company is also flying in four Japanese technical divers to augment its own complement and local divers from the Philippine Navy and the Coast Guard. A Japanese salvage master is being flown in to help expertly contain the spill. This Japanese salvage master has helped in massive global oil spills.  In addition, an expert from the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation Limited (ITOPF) will also be flying in to Cebu to help assess the situation.

2GO is taking this pro-active stance to ensure that the St. Thomas Aquinas’ sinking will not aggravate in any way the marine ecosystem of Talisay and other water bodies in Cebu.

The ferry had 20,000 liters of diesel fuel and 120,000 liters of bunker or crude fuel in the ship’s fuel tank and 20,000 liters of lube oil that were being used by the engines when it was running.

M/V St. Thomas Aquinas carried mostly agricultural products from Mindanao since the vessel came from Surigao and Nasipit port. There were no cargos marked as “Dangerous Goods.”

(This is a press release sent by the company to The Filipino Scribe.)


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One thought on “2Go Group on MV St Thomas Aquinas sea tragedy

  1. Environment can be rehabilitated from oil spills and 2GO spent millions of US dollars for the control of pollution caused by this horrible world breaking disaster….Its flattering when you read the words they have done their best, procuring salvage companies with sophisticated equipment for containing the oil spills and hired foreign specialist for this purpose… The question is, what about the people? The most important part of their responsibilities and liabilities are the people. It is not an accident, it is an absolute negligence. SOLAS – safety of life at sea, it was never safety of property at sea, not even it was safety of environment at sea. Yes because no other important matter in this world but the lives of people, and someone must be detained especially the owner of this shipping company, the lives of the people onboard the vessel is the liabilities of the owner, because he is the authorized signatory of all things pertaining to the entire vessel….

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