PCG probes near crash of 2 Roros

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014


THE Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Bacolod Station is investigating the reported near collision of two roll-on, roll-off (Roro) vessels plying Negros and Iloilo Monday night.

“We received such report and were are conducting an investigation,” Lt. Commander Glen Daraug, chief of PCG-Bacolod said.

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Alejandro Deoma, one of the passengers of Montenegro Shipping Lines bound for Dumangas port in Iloilo, said they were at sea when another Roro vessel Navistar Lines crossed their path that led it almost collide with their vessel.

Navistar was also sailing from Bacolod to Dumangas.

Deoma said about a hundred passengers were on board the Montenegro vessel while Navistar was also loaded with passengers.

He and his fellow passengers expressed alarmed and complained to the vessel's captain, he added.

Deoma said they departed at 5 p.m. and they were traveling for about an hour when the incident happened.

After the near collision, the Navistar Lines slowed down and tailed the Montenegro vessel and sometimes it went about 75 meters away from them, he added.

We are thankful to have reached Dumangas port safely around 7 p.m., Deoma said although they did not get a clear explanation from both vessels about the incident.

He will file a formal complaint about the incident with the Coast Guard, he said.

Roro vessels sail from Bredco port to Dumangas port and vice versa on daily a basis. The trip takes about two hours.

Last Friday, a barge loaded with empty container vans collided with a fishing boat in the waters of Barangay Tomontong in E.B Magalona, Negros Occidental.

One of the fishing boat’s crew was found missing while his six companions were rescued.

Daraug had earlier said the SMV loader owned by Seamine Ventures was on its way to Naga City when the accident happened.

The seven fishermen, all residents of Banate, Iloilo, were on board F/B Prince Amiel which sank after the collision.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 26, 2014.

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