Several fast crafts at the Tabilaran City port on Wednesday afternoon have again suspended their operations due to rough seas caused by the southwest monsoon which has been enhanced by Tropical Storm Falcon.
According to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Tagbilaran Substation, Ocean Jet 588 which was supposed to depart for Cebu City at 11:40 a.m. and Ocean Jet 288 which was set to leave for Dumaguete at 12:10 p.m. cancelled their trips.
Seaman 2nd Class Anwar Sinajon of PCG Tagbilaran said that the cancellations were still decided by the vessels’ respective captains and management.
Meanwhile, Island Biri at past 11 a.m. decided to depart from Tagbilaran City bound for Cebu City.
Sinajon clarified that vessels are not barred from departing as no Storm Signal has been raised over Bohol and the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration has also still not issued a gale warning for the province.
On Tuesday afternoon, two Ocean Jet vessels departed from Tagbilaran City but eventually sailed back to their port of origin due to rough seas.
Operators of fast crafts and motorized bancas in all ports of the province decided to ground their vessels starting 11 am on Tuesday but some have resumed operations on Wednesday mroning.
There have been no reported cancellation of trips of larger vessels from various ports in the province including Lite Shipping in Tagbilaran City as of Wednesday noon.
“Ang Tubigon normal ra ang mga biyahe didto kay dagko man ang atong mga barko didto, mga RORO,” said Philippine Ports Authority Bohol manager James Gantalao. (ad)