The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Tuesday morning barred small passenger vessels in Tagbilaran City from departing as a gale warning remained raised over seas in Central Visayas.
According to Seaman 2nd Class Jun Buten of PCG Tagbilaran, sea trips of vessels with gross tonnage below 250 were suspended.
Meanwhile, all vessels bound for Dumaguete City were grounded as of this morning even if these were allowed to depart by the PCG. Buten said that captains of the respective seacrafts decided to cancel their trips due to rough seas.
An Ocean Jet fastcraft which departed Tagbilaran City this morning bound for Larena, Siquijor went back to its port of origin due to unfavorable weather conditions.
Buten said that Cebu-bound Ocean Jet vessels were allowed to depart as these are beyond 250 gross tons.
Ocean Jet fastcrafts left for Cebu from Tagbilaran City at 6 a.m., 7 a.m., 8:20 a.m., 9:10 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Tuesday.
However, the Island Biri catamaran fastcraft was barred from departing as it is classified as below 250 gross tons.
According to Leonard Samar of PAGASA Bohol, the gale warning remained hoisted over the region as of 5 a.m.
Samar said that bulletins on gale warning are issued only at 5 a.m. and 5 p.m., unless recent updates are made. (A. Doydora)