|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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