Il Sin Ho, one of three fishing boats that broke free from their moorings at the Tinian Harbor and ran aground on the reef at Kammer Beach early Friday morning, remains atop the reef yesterday, as authorities continue to assess the situation and ensure the safety of the responders and the environment.
Tinian resident Don Farrell disclosed that authorities are taking precautions because of a possibility that the boat will sink when it is pulled from the reef.
The boat appears to be not steel, but rather fiberglass so it means there is some chance that when it is pulled off, the hull might rip open, Farrell said.
Lt. William White of the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam stated yesterday that the Coast Guard and agencies from the CNMI continue to monitor Il Sin Ho.
White said that, on Sunday, the vessel owner continued working with an oil spill response organization to establish a contract for removing an estimated 6,200 gallons of oily water from the boat.
The owner also entered into discussions with a salvage company to develop a vessel recovery plan.
White said yesterday that the unified command that was established continue to assess the situation as negotiations were ongoing between the owner and contractors for oily water recovery and vessel salvage.
The unified command includes the boat owner, Department of Public Safety, Commonwealth Ports Authority, Division of Environmental Quality, Coastal Resources Management, Department of Lands and Natural Resources-Division of Fish and Wildlife, Tinian Mayor’s Office, and Coast Guard.