Chinese ship held for illegal dredging in Philippines

A Chinese dredging ship and its 15-strong crew has been held for illegal dredging in the Philippines’ Aklan River, reports the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

According to a consultant representing the ship’s owner, STL Panay Resources Company Ltd, the dredging was a test operation, as the ship had been inactive in the previous two months.

Jim Sampulna, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) regional executive director in Western Visayas, said the vessel’s crew and workers had no passports and working visas. The team also found three of six compartments of the vessel filled with sand and silt.