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Dumaguete City, Philippines Wednesday, February 17, 2016
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Chinese vessel in Dumaguete legit

The Coast Guard Station in Dumaguete City assured the public that a foreign vessel registered in China that is currently anchored in the capital city has valid Customs documents.

Lt. Junior Grade Jude Greannata, Coast Guard-Dumaguete station commander, gave the assurance as public curiosity continues to spike on social media over the presence of the international vessel, the China Shipping Bulker, that was first spotted last week.

The ship is scheduled to offload cement at the DUCOMI port in the adjacent town of Bacong, but there is still no berthing space available there, Greannata said.

In the meantime, it is allowed to drop anchor in the waters off the Dumaguete port, she added.

The ship's port of registry is China but its last port of call was Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam before coming to Negros Oriental, she said.

The vessel also has Customs, Immigration, Quarantine and Security/safety inspection already, just as other foreign vessels are required the same when coming here, Greanna explained.

Many people on the social networking site, Facebook, have posted pictures of the China-flag bearing ship, commenting on its presence here, with some expressing “fear” while others disputing the unreasonable remarks, saying it must be legitimate if it has dropped anchor for days now.

The foreign vessel arrived here Feb. 12. Its presence is very noticeable, particularly to motorists and strollers along the Rizal Boulevard as it has dropped anchor quite close to the shore.*JFP


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