The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Bicol suspended sailing of all small sea vessels in all ports in Albay and Sorsogon on Tuesday due to the gale warning issued by the government weather station.
The PCG issued a sea travel advisory prohibiting all watercraft with 250 gross tonnages and below to sail within the eastern coast of Bicol covering several coastal towns of Albay and Sorsogon.
The advisory warned sea vessels not to venture into the waters at the eastern portion of Bicol as moderate to strong winds spawned by the tail-end of frontal system and northeast monsoon is expected to trigger moderate to rough waves with a height of 1.2 to 4 meters.
The PCG however clarified that the suspension would not cover sea vessels with 1,000 gross tonnages. Operations of roll-on-roll-off (Roro), and other ships in the major ports of Bulan and Matnog in Sorsogon and in Tabaco and Legazpi would continue.
Bad weather condition for the past several days has prompted the cancellation of sea vessel operations at the Matnog port in Sorsogon, that led to the stranding of hundreds of cargo trucks bound for the Visayas region along the highway in the neighboring towns, leading up to Albay. (PNA)