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14 April 2012

DOTC lifted no-sail order following unsuccessful launch of the Unha-3 rocket of North Korea

The Department of Transportation and Communications today said that the authorities have lifted the ban on the movement of all merchant marine and fishing vessels within the falling area of the Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite.
DOTC Secretary Mar Roxas, citing a report from the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), said the ban was lifted following the reported unsuccessful launch of the Unha-3 rocket at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station in Tongchang-ri along the west coast at 7:38 a.m.
“This puts to end all our anxieties on the possible damaging effects of the rocket debris within the Philippine territory,” MARINA deputy administrator Atty. Nic Conti said.
“We are lifting our no-sail order on the designated areas effective immediately to allow the maritime community to resume their normal operations,” Conti added.
Last April 4, Marina Advisory No. 2012-09 was released after North Korea announced that it would launch the rocket between April 12-16 to ensure safe navigation and protection of life at sea.  It was confined on the northeastern part of the country.

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