Editorial: Purely Human Error-A A +A
Monday, August 19, 2013
WHILE the public, this early, would not want to cast a single stone on whosoever could be responsible for yet another sea tragedy off the Cebu waters, Friday evening, involving a 2GO vessel and the Sulpicio management cargo ship, it would not be too much of an assumption to say that the mishap could have been prevented, or at least foreseen.
The Philippine Coast Guard has yet to give a definite statement over what happened, though, and the management of both vessels might as well concoct their respective sides to avoid bearing the brunt in a manner of speaking.
As of yesterday afternoon, however, it is crystal-clear to both managements and the world glued to their TV screens waiting for update that -- more bodies retrieved; dozens still missing.
As of the latest count, the 39 people were dead and more than 80 others missing.
When will the companies engaged in maritime commerce ever realize that the safety of their passengers, more than the commodities they carry should and must be of paramount importance?
When shall we wake up and not wait for another major tragedy for these companies and seafaring corporations to ensure that their vessels are not “floating coffins?”
On the part of the government, when will it become genuinely strict and incorruptible in implementing maritime laws to the letter so that tragedies of these nature and damage are prevented?
As of late, it was not clear what really caused the collision or what could have triggered the banging of the vessels.
What is clear, however, is that from the standpoint of law, there is utter negligence and lack of precaution and foresight which would necessarily result in criminal and civil negligence on the part of the operators and owners of the vessels.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 19, 2013.