Coast Guard implements cease, desist order on ship carrying ore

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Task Force Aduana has assisted in implementing the cease and desist order against the shipment of mineral ores consigned to Yinglong Steel Corporation (YSC) on board “MV Van Knight” in Sta. Cruz, Zambales.

According to the Bureau of Customs (BOC), the vessel will transport an undetermined amount of mineral ore from the Philippines to China.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Mines and Geosciences Bureau (DENR-MGB) said the YSC’s mineral ore export permit had been suspended as of 12 January 2023 for allegedly violating Presidential Decree No. 1586 (Establishing an Environmental Impact Statement System, including other Environmental Management Related Measures and for other Purposes) pursuant to the Order dated 23 December 2022 issued by the Office of the President.

The PCG Task Force Aduana is currently securing and preventing the said vessel from departing the vicinity waters off Sta. Cruz, Zambales.

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