Chinese containment booms seen near Scarborough Shoal

Quite a number of oil containment booms with Chinese markings on them were seen near Scarborough Shoal, reports said on Wednesday.

Oil Containment Booms Scarborough Shoal

Fishermen found the said oil spill apparatus off Cabangan town in Zambales province.

According to Zambales Vice Gov. Ramon Lacbain II, the booms, of about 2 kilometers in length were seen 92 km (50 nautical miles) from the provincial capital of Iba.

Worried about the possible negative indications of the oil catching / barrier mechanism, Zambales' local government officials demand investigation into the origin of the objects.

"Since these are located quite a distance from our coastline, no one has tried to tow these to shore", Lacbain said.

"These floating booms might have washed away from the territories being claimed by China. It could be a confirmation that China has activities [in the disputed sea]", Lacbain added.

The Scarborough Shoal, also called Bajo de Masinloc or Panatag Shoal is a disputed territory between China and the Philippines.

Oil containment booms may come as devices to contain an oil spill. They are used in order to lessen the possibility of polluting the shorelines and other sea resources.

Booms can also be used to divert or deflect water contamination.

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