TCPI Public Statement (M/V Belle Rose incident)
TAIHEIYO Cement Philippines, Inc. (TCPI) issues these statements in the light of an incident on June 13, 2016 when a vessel ran aground in northern Cebu.
1. TCPI is one of the leading domestic cement manufacturers in the country.
2. The shipment of 48,000 metric tons is composed of clinker, not “cement powder.” Clinker is yet to be ground in a mill with additives to powder form to produce various cement products as Portland, Pozzolam, Premium and Masonry that TCPI produces at its plant in San Fernando.
3. TCPI is the buyer of the commodity. It has no control over the actual shipment as conducted by the shipping company contracted by the seller.
4. Upon learning of the incident, TCPI immediately asked the vessel’s operator for a report. Pending receipt of pertinent information and results of investigation by authorities, TCPI may claim damages over the delay of the clinker shipment.
5. As consignee with urgent need for the clinker, the incident has affected the production of TCPI. But it assures customers that the company could still deliver cement products on time. It only needs to adjust internally.
6. TCPI needs to import additional clinker to maintain production with its finish mills while clinker production at its kiln is at a halt for annual preventive maintenance TCPI needs to consistently meet the growing demand for cement products in Cebu and nearby provinces.
7. Ever mindful of its concern for the environment, TCPI assures stakeholders of its full cooperation upon request from concerned government agencies.
Cerwin T. Eviota
Public Relations Consultant
Taiheiyo Cement Philippines, Inc.