25 Asian Marine vessels up for reinspection-A A +A
Thursday, August 22, 2013
TWENTY-FIVE vessels of the Asian Marine Transport Group (AMTC) are subject to re-inspection on the vessels’ seaworthiness after MV Super Shuttle Ferry 10 ran aground off the port of Pulambato in Bogo, Cebu on Tuesday.
The Marina 7 has also suspended the trips of the MV Super Shuttle Ferry 10 while waiting for the marine protest.
In the statement sent by Marina 7, the Passenger Ship Safety Certificate (PSSC) of MV Super Shuttle Ferry 10 and the Seafarer’s Identification and Record Book (SIRB) and Qualification Document Certification (QDC) of the vessel’s crew were also suspended until further notice.
“Any ship of the company found to be non-compliant with the International Safety Management (ISM) and other safety rules and regulations shall be immediately issued the appropriate suspension or cease and desist order,” said the statement issued yesterday by Marina.
Last Tuesday, 63 passengers of M/V Super Shuttle Ferry 10 were brought back to Polambato wharf safely.
The vessel reportedly drifted and touched bottom while maneuvering away from Polambato wharf.
In a separate incident, three persons were rescued by the Oslob police and the Bantay Dagat after a yacht, bound for Siquijor, tilted on Tuesday morning in the seawater off Barangay Pungtod, Oslob.
Despite the reports of a Southwest wind and rough sea, the boat captain, Paulo Surmeon, 25; and his crew, Emeliano Sumagang, 50, and Jaboy Sumagang, 33, from Tubod, San Juan, Siquijor, still chose to travel.
The yacht was reportedly owned by the Coco Grove Beach Resort located in Tubod, San Juan, Siquijor.
The yacht departed from Siquijor earlier that day to bring a foreign guest to Dumaguete City.
They were supposed to go back to Siquijor when they had difficulty fighting the big waves.
“Wala na sila kabalik sa Siquijor kay napadpad na padung Oslob,” Oslob police chief, Insp. Christopher Castro said.
Residents in the coastal areas who saw the victims immediately sought help from the Bantay Dagat and the police.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 22, 2013.