Tubbataha Reef – wreck removal already stalled
We reported yesterday that the wreck removal operation of USS Guardian at the Tubbataha Reef were starting. This morning we learned that the operation had to be suspended because of turbulent sea conditions.
Authorities also announced they have decided to wait for the arrival of another crane ship, the JASCON 25, from Singapore before resuming salvage operations. They estimated that JASCON 25 would arrive in the area on February 16. Meanwhile, the clearing works on board of the USS Guardian continue. Navy specialists are clearing the ship of any items, which can be removed without the need of heavy gear.
The expected Jascon 25 is a pipe-lay crane vessel under the flag of Gibraltar. It’s current position is 1.2340° / 103.9697° (Map) and its ETA is 2013-02-16 at 17:00. The ship can operate in shallow water because its draught is only 4.5 meters.