Thursday, January 23, 2014

President Mori declares "state of emergency" as Ping Da 7 posts greater threat sitting on Nan Kepkepin Param Reef in Pohnpei

Photo taken on December 13 by Department of Justice staff
FSMIS (January 23, 2014): The Federated States of Micronesia President Manny Mori has declared a "State of Emergency" for a period starting on January 22, 2014, to February 22, 2014  to kick-start a chain of actions after a declaration from Pohnpei State Governor John Ehsa was made on January 21 based on environmental threats from the grounded fishing-related vessel, Ping Da 7.

The President made the declaration on January 22.

The Ping Da 7 ran aground on the Pohnpei reef 44 days ago, early morning of December 11.

"The M/V Ping Da 7 remains aground with a substantial amount of dangerous fuels, gas, chemicals remaining on board, posing a substantial environmental threat to the people of Pohnpei State and the Federated States of Micronesia", the Presidential Declaration states.

Reports of oil leak from the vessel have been made a confirmed.

The Declaration specifies that during the period of the State of Emergency, "all immigration, customs, and quarantine processing and clearance may be temporarily relaxed to facilitate and expedite the dispatch of experienced personnel, specialized vessels and equipment to deal with the matter at hand in order to save life or minimize damage to property, the environment, livelihood and quality of life of all the people of the Federated States of Micronesia".

 The chairman of the Joint Taskforce on the Ping Da 7 situation and the FSM Office of Environment and Emergency Management have been instructed to look into specific actions that must be undertaken following the issuance of the State of Emergency declaration.

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  1. Contact the U.S Coast Guard to help clean up the fuel spillage? Maybe? They get deployed all the time to do that.

  2. Ban all Chinese fishings boats from FSM's water until this boat and its pollutants are safely removed from the reef. China would mobilize their resources instantly.

  3. I say if the Chinese still want to fish here the have to pay or come in with a better or much safer boat if not then blow them out the water. Its just not fair for hem to pollute our water but not theirs. I say we grab some oil and pour it on them see how they feel.

  4. We should beat the crap out of that captain and strip the ship for parts just like in the movies. A reef for a ship just like an eye for an eye. I am pissed!