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BOC – Port of Limay Leads INTERPOL Operation 30 Days at Sea Philippines 2.0 Activity in Mariveles, Bataan

November 6, 2019

As part of the Bureau of Customs’ (BOC) cooperation with international and local agencies, the Port of Limay recently led the inter-agency composite team that conducted a hazardous waste inspection activity onboard “MV Global Legend” in Mariveles, Bataan on 24 October 2019. The MV Global Legend, which carried the flag of Malta, was loaded with 43,450MT of Indonesian Steam Coal from Samarinda, East Kalimantan, Indonesia.

The operation came as part of the “INTERPOL Operation 30 Days at Sea Philippines 2.0”. The operation is an inter-agency law enforcement operation which focuses on three (3) main operational targets: (1) Pollution from Vessels and Offshore Installations; (2) Land-based and River Pollution Impacting the Marine Environment; and (3) Waste trafficking through Ports.

Representatives from the Philippine National Police (PNP-Maritime), Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Port State Control, National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), the BOC Enforcement and Security Service–Customs Police Division (ESS-CPD), Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) and Piers Inspection Division (PID) participated in the operation. Representatives from Anda Power Corporation (importer/consignee) and World Mariner Phils. (ship’s agent) were also present during the operation.

After initial boarding formalities, the Mission Order for the conduct of inspection was served to the master of the Maltese vessel, Captain Bubit Dzivat. The order was served by members of the BOC together with members of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) and Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ).

The immediate inspection concluded that the vessel yielded no violations which meant that the “MV Global Legend” was not carrying any hazardous or toxic waste materials.

The BOC serves as the lead agency against the shipment of hazardous waste into the country. As part of such commitment, the Bureau maintains close coordination with local and international enforcement agencies to ensure that border security is strictly enforced.

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