Marina 7 to suspend 2 boats-A A +A
Monday, January 28, 2013
THE Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) 7 will order today the suspension of the ship safety certificates of the mv Super Shuttle Ferry 5 of Asian Marine Transport Corp. and mv Beautiful Stars of Roble Shipping Corp., which both suffered steering malfunction the other day.
MV Super Shuttle Ferry 5 was bound for Camiguin from Cebu City last Saturday, carrying 50 passengers and 28 crewmembers, including the vessel master, when its steering malfunctioned in the seawaters off Bien Unido, Bohol.
A report emailed to Sun.Star Cebu by Capt. Rolando Punzalan, the chief of the Coast Guard Station-Cebu, stated that the malfunction was caused by grounded wirings of the vessel’s steering motor.
MV Super Shuttle Ferry 5 had to be towed by its sister vessel, mv Super Shuttle Ferry 17 back to Pier 8 in Mandaue City.
Punzalan reported that some of the passengers had their fare refunded, while the others were transferred by the shipping company to another vessel.
Paul Rodriguez, the president of Asian Marine, said that mv Super Shuttle Ferry 5 has engines in good condition. The only defect was in the motor that runs the steering, which malfunctioned while the ship was on its way to Camiguin last Saturday night.
“The engines are in good condition. The only problem is the motor of the steering that malfunctioned and we have already repaired it,” Rodriguez said.
On the other hand, mv Beautiful Stars also encountered steering malfunction at the seawaters about 500 m. from Pier 5 of Cebu City.
The motor of the steering of mv Beautiful Stars malfunctioned 30 mins. after it left Pier 4 for Hilongos, Leyte
Jose Emery “Joy” Roble, president and general manager of Roble Shipping Lines, said it was only a minor problem, and the vessel could proceed to its destination using manual steering.
However, Roble said, the vessel master, Capt. Jacob Quinuel Macapaz, chose to drop anchor and decided to sail back to Pier 4 because they were concerned about the passengers’ safety.
“As a matter of fact, the defective motor of the steering has been replaced by a good one the vessel resumed plying its route,” Roble said.
Marina 7 Safety Specialist Mardon Martin said they will investigate and inspect the two vessels to prevent similar incidents that may endanger the travelers.
Marina 7 records showed that the operations of both vessels were also suspended in the past for engine troubles. In those incidents, the passengers were stranded.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 28, 2013.