Coron, El Nido and the Cruise Ships

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The Province of Palawan in the Philippines, have been one of the favorite destination areas of cruise ships that sail this part of Asia.  Two of these cruise ships are Le Soleal and Caledonian Sky.  The latter had scheduled a few visit to Coron, Palawan in 2015 and the former included El Nido and Puerto Princesa City among its destinations. For more details, please refer to this link.

http://balita.ph/2015/01/30/coron-shores-to-welcome-ms-caledonia-sky-cruise-ship-anew-on-valentines-day/

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Palawan is home to a string of islands and islets that are protected by the environment laws of the Philippines.  These laws  also covered the protection and conservation of the corals, the coral reefs as in the case of Tubbataha Reefs and other marine life surrounding the entire province. El Nido, specifically Bacuit Bay and the areas of Coron are among these protected areas.  For more details about Le Soleal schedule to El Nido and Puerto Princesa, Palawan, please visit the link here:

http://cruises.priceline.com/sc.do?c=344&v=836&i=892933&d2=08/17/2016&dsc=y&tab=itin

Cruise ships, on the other hand, need to dock at its port of call.  In the absence of this port or a wharf, passengers are transported to the islands by several boats.  With this docking activity, the corals and other marine life will be threatened by the visiting cruise ships.  Because of the size of the cruise ship, I think there must be an agreement between the Local Government Unit and the Cruise Liner operating these cruise ships, among others, for a cautious passage of the cruise ships in coral abundant areas of these islands.

                                                Source:  http://wikitravel.org/en/El_Nido          

There is also a fear of a coastal pollution and threats to the marine life of El Nido, Coron and Puerto Princesa.  It is a common knowledge that cruise ships have their own set of rules and guidelines to implement so that they can protect and preserve the environment they visited.

It is therefore, a must for the Local Government Unit and other stakeholders in these destination areas to be more vigilant in monitoring the compliance of these cruise ships with the local environment laws.

We are aware that the business sector and the tourism sector, as well as the community, are all benefited by the visit of these cruise ships.  So, while they are welcome and the local business sectors provide them with amenities and services that can make their visit a memorable one, the local community should also emphasize the most important aspect of this tourism activity – helping the community protect and conserve the marine environment.

If there will be a higher level of coordination between these two key players, then the local community such as El Nido, Coron and the coastal areas of Puerto Princesa will be protected.  On the other hand, the cruise ship can also lessen their environmental footprints.

Source: youtube, uploaded by DW (English).

All photos of El Nido, Palawan by Henry C. Libo-on.

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4 thoughts on “Coron, El Nido and the Cruise Ships

  1. Excellent article entry. What if our modern marine vehicles were powered and generated by an entirely different method of moving in general?

    For example, when you apply an object (that floats) inside a tub of water, and you spray water (forcefully) in a particular area near this object, the object floating will begin to move towards this forceful pressure that is causing it to move.

    Now, lets say that we have a ocean vehicle that is equipped with such technology, how will be power this machine? I have had the idea for a while, that you use solar energy to power a water vacuum that sucks up water, and through this vacuum, the pressure is released in a specific area of the ocean vehicle in order to direct its path to the proper area of location for the ocean vehicle.

    This was just a random idea I had, but I know it could work, it will just require a few background plans of ocean vehicle schematics, a source for fueling this vacuum, and the proper components for an extremely high pressurized mount that guides the ocean vehicle’s direction. In short, we cut away with fuel all together, just running an ocean vehicle off of the sun and the ocean.

    Excellent write up, here. Thank you for sharing.

    • Wow, that is a great idea. Why don’t you try working on a prototype and had it registered asap in the patent office? I am sometimes, amazed at how Catamaran works too and its speed. Don’t take your idea for granted, who knows you can produce something that can turn your life to greater heights…

      • Thanks, dude. That really means a lot, for real. A prototype would be the best solution for countering this laziness.. i will look into this and share feedback when I can. You all stay well.

        N.N. Team

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