Marina conducts initial hearing on Cebu sea mishap-A A +A
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
THE Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) conducted an initial hearing Wednesday together with representatives of the Philippine Span Asia Carriers Corporation (PSACC) and 2GO Shipping lines in relation to the collision of M/V Saint Thomas Aquinas and M/V Sulpicio Express Siete.
The initial hearing was conducted to set the dates possible for both the shipping firms to produce resource persons that could explain, justify and prove why their companies should not be suspended, or the issuance of their Certificate of Public Convenience be revoked following the accident off Talisay City that killed at least 80 people.
Marina issued earlier a show cause order asking both the PSACC and 2GO to explain why their operations should not be suspended.
Lawyer Bash U. Adil, Marina regional director, said Wednesday that the two shipping lines will be given time to present their leading arguments and evidences, and set-up a pre-trial to define the issues.
He said October 11 would be the earliest possible schedule of pre-trial conference, adding that the hearing proper will follow. (Jerson Rufin, PIT intern/Sunnex)