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Marine fire investigation regarding the MV Diamon Highway

Requested from PCG by D. Lucas at 06:25 AM on Feb 28, 2020.
Purpose: To determine basis for lost cargo and possible recovery from commercial party responsible for loss.
Date of Coverage: 07/01/2019 - 02/27/2020
Tracking no: #PCG-641806575087

Lucas 06:25 AM, Feb 28, 2020

I represent an owner of cargo lost in a fire which occurred on the MV Diamond Highway off the coast of the Philippines in July 2019. I was advised that the Philippine Coast Guard responded to the distressed vessel and crew at the time of the fire, and subsequently conducted an investigation of the vessel and what happen aboard the vessel at the time of the fire. If so, the reports and findings of the Philippine Coast Guard would be relevant and material to claims related to cargo lost from the fire aboard the MV Diamond Highway.

Balilo 02:39 PM, Apr 03, 2020

April 3, 2020

Dear David,

Thank you for your request dated Feb 28, 2020 06:25:55 AM under Executive Order No. 2 (s. 2016) on Freedom of Information in the Executive Branch, for Marine fire investigation regarding the MV Diamon Highway.

Thank you.

Respectfully,

FOI Officer

Maker 03:54 PM, Apr 03, 2020

Good day!

First and foremost, we apologize for the late response. We are busy consolidating all available reports regarding your request on the Marine Fire Investigation of MV Diamond Highway. Likewise, we are also busy in our efforts to fight COVID-19 together with the Philippine Government.

As a result of our consolidation we find out that MV Diamond Highway caught fire in the waters of Palawan last June 15, 2019. Our PCG Vessel, MRRV-4409 BRP Cabra then conducted fire fighting operations to control the fire incident. After the fire was contained, BRP Cabra assisted MV Diamond Highway who was being towed by MTug Mimosa enroute to Batangas Port.

BRP Cabra terminated its mission to escort MV Diamond Highway last June 23, 2019 but the PCG continued to monitor the movement of said vessel who was then being towed by MTug Zhengli enroute to Subic Bay Freeport Zone (SBFZ), Olongapo City for repair.

MV Diamond Highway arrived at Subic’s Area of Responsibility last June 25, 2019. After series of inspection and once the weather permit said vessel to continue to sail, MV Diamond Highway was then towed to Keppel Shipyard  Dry-docked for repair.

In order to support the statements above, we have attached in this response all available reports that we have consolidated for the past days. 

The attachment includes the report from Coast Guard District Palawan, MRRV-4409 BRP Cabra, Coast Guard District Southern Tagalog (who has the direct supervision over the areas of Batangas), and reports from the Philippine Coast Guard Command Center.

May this information help you in your claims related to the cargo that was lost aboard MV Diamond Highway.

Lastly, before we close this response may we ask you to answer the PCG FOIR Client Satisfaction Survey. Said survey has only 4 questions and will only take at least 5 minutes to answer. Please click the link below in order to participate in the survey. 

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Thank you very much for participating and for your understanding.

Yours truly,



PCG Decision Maker

Attachments:
 2. After Operations Report of BRP Cabra MRRV-4409.zip
 3. Batangas.zip
 4. Report from PCG Command Center.zip

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