Philippines – stranded ships after Yolanda (Haiyan)

Stranded ship in Tacloban

This is one of the twelve ships stranded in Tacloban City.

It was washed ashore by super-typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in Anibong, one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Tacloban. Built by the waterfront, Anibong was totally destroyed when a total of eight freighter ships tore through it and ran aground.

We managed to coordinate and clarify the procedures with the local authorities, to avoid conditions as in the notorious shipbreaking beaches in Bangladesh or India. Shipbreaking sets free a mixture of hazardous materials, such as asbestos, PCBs, PAHs, lead, and many others.

According to the authorities, the ships will be towed back to sea, to be repaired in Philippine ship yards. As I will stay here long enough, I will post updates of the efforts.

Philippines – Yolanda/Haiyan wind damage

Collapsed roof of Palo Convention Centre near Tacloban, Philippines

The force of the winds of super-typhoon Yolanda with top wind speeds of over 350 km/h were so strong that roofs were converted into wings and flew away. As a consequence, the supporting structure of roof of the Palo Convention Centre near Tacloban, Philippines came down, damaging the conrete massively. The building is structurally unsafe and earmarked for demolition.