Marina suspends firm’s vessels pending probe

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012


THE Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) has suspended the operation of a Cebu-based shipping company whose vessel ran aground last Aug. 21 off Merida, Leyte.

Due to the incident involving MV Super Shuttle Ferry 15, Marina ordered all vessels of Asian Marine Transport Corp., owned by Paul Rodriguez, evaluated for seaworthiness.

Covered by the Aug. 25 suspension order of Marina Officer-in-Charge and Administrator Nicasio Conti, are MV Super Shuttle Ferry 1, Super Shuttle Ferry 2, Super Shuttle Ferry 3, Super Shuttle Ferry 5, Super Shuttle Ferry 6, Super Shuttle Ferry 7, Super
Shuttle Ferry 9, Super Shuttle Ferry 10, Super Shuttle Ferry SB-1, Super Shuttle Ferry 11, Super Shuttle Ferry 12, Super Shuttle Ferry 14, Super Shuttle Ferry 15, Super Shuttle Ferry 16, Super Shuttle Ferry 17, Super Shuttle 18, super Shuttle Ferry 19, Super Shuttle Ferry 23, Super Shuttle Ferry 24, Super Shuttle Roro 3 and Super Shuttle Roro 5.

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The vessels have to undergo International Safety Management (ISM) audit by Marina.

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Conti also directed Asian Marine Transport to coordinate with Marina 7 or Marina regional offices near its ships for the immediate conduct of an additional ISM audit and re-inspection.

Marina ordered Asian Marina Transport, and the officers and crew of MV Super Shuttle Ferry 15 to explain in 72 hours why its Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC), issued on June 9, 2005, should not be revoked. The CPC of the vessel is valid until June 8, 2020.

Marina 7 Director Nanette Villamor-Dinopol said Asian Marine Transport’s vessels operate nationwide.

Dinopol said Marina 7 has been assigned to re-inspect eight vessels, which are docked in Cebu. As of yesterday, Marina 7 completed the re-inspection of Super Shuttle Roro 5.

Aside from the re-inspection and audit, Marina ordered Asian Marine Transport to submit the passenger manifest, crew list, a report on existence of dangerous cargo and other ship documents.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 29, 2012.

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