63 survive another ferry accident-A A +A
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
CEBU -- A vessel of Asian Marine Shipping Corp. ran aground off Bogo City Tuesday after it experienced engine trouble shortly after leaving Polambato wharf for Palompon, Leyte.
Commodore William Melad, chief of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Central Visayas, said all 63 passengers of M/V Super Shuttle Ferry 10 were brought back to Polambato wharf safely.
The vessel, he said, had drifted and touched bottom while maneuvering away from Polambato wharf.
The Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) will investigate if the Super Shuttle Ferry 10 remains seaworthy after the accident.
Marina Regional Director Director Nannette Villamor Dinopol sent maritime safety specialists to inspect the vessel.
Marina Administrator Maximo Mejia Jr. told Sun.Star Cebu in a text message that he will convene the Maritime Crisis Management Committee to gather all facts about the vessel and the company that owns it.
“I’ve directed that all Asian Marine Shipping vessels be held in port until they pass the re-inspection and additional audit,” Mejia said.
Marina will also conduct a hearing, while the PCG will create a Board of Marine Inquiry to find out what caused the accident.
Meanwhile, Marina announced that the suspension of two more vessels of 2Go Group Inc. and Philippine Span Asia Carrier Corp. (PSACC) was lifted, after these passed the re-inspection and additional audit in the Port of Cebu.
Cleared to sail again was the cargo vessel M/V San Pedro Calungsod of 2Go. The passenger vessel M/V Princess of the South of PSACC was also allowed to resume operations.
Marina recently cleared three other vessels: M/V St. Anthony de Padua of 2Go Group and the Princess of the Earth and Span Asia-5 of PSACC.
Mejia ordered last Aug. 17 the grounding of the two fleets, after the M/V St. Thomas Aquinas of 2Go and Sulpicio Express Siete of PSACC collided last Aug. 16 off Lauis Ledge in Talisay City. (EOB/Sun.Star Cebu)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 21, 2013.