An empty and already rusting foreign barge landed on the reef of Angaur on August 27 and is presumed to have drifted away from Asia due to a storm.

The barge identified as Asia Perdana with hull identification number 3001 was found floating upside down in the reef when authorities responded to the scene.

Ministry of Justice (MOJ) Chief of Staff Earnest Ongidobel told the Times that marine law enforcers are still trying to identify if the barge came from Indonesia, Philippines or other parts of Asia.

The marine law enforcers just received the report from Angaur on August 28.

Ongidobel said that personnel from the Environment Quality Protection Board (EQPB) and the Surangel and Sons Co. had also responded to the scene to prevent further damage to the reef.

“It went on the reef so there must be some damage on the corals,” Ongidobel said, explaining that the EQPB is there to ascertain that this will not further harm the environment.

Ongidobel also said that marine law enforcers are also trying to find out if the barge belongs to a petroleum company called Perdana Petroleum. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)