11 August, 2006


The tanker M/T Solar 1, carrying a cargo of two million liters of bunker fuel, sank approximately 10 miles off the southern coast of the island province of Guimaras in Western Visayas, causing the worst oil spill in the Philippines.

The oil spill in the Visayas Sea affected marine sanctuaries and mangrove reserves in three out of five municipalities of the province and reached the shores of Iloilo and Negros Occidental. It directly affected the local fisher folks’ means of livelihood.

The oil spill incident paved the way for a stricter enforcement of the use of double-hulled tankers when shipping fuel.

(Ref: Philippine News Agency; Photo (c) Greenpeace.org)

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