Coast Guard warns public vs ‘colorum’ vessels-A A +A
Saturday, December 21, 2013
THE Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Saturday warned the public against patronizing "fly-by-night" or the so-called "colorum" inter-island shipping vessels this Holiday season.
Coast Guard commandant Rear Admiral Rodolfo Isorena advised the riding public especially the local and foreign tourists who will spend their Christmas and New Year's Day festivities in the provinces to avoid riding in unregistered shipping vessels, as these are not safe.
"As far as we are concerned, those fly-by-night inter-island shipping vessels didn't have any insurance for their passengers and most of them have defective life rafts and life vests," Isorena added.
The PCG official said that these unregistered vessels will definitely appear this season as this serves as an opportunity for them to earn as major shipping lines are now having hard time in accommodating the huge volume of passengers in different port terminals in the country.
"Most of the shipping lines reported to us that they are now already fully-booked for both Christmas and New Year's feasts and based on data they have submitted to us yesterday, around 40 to 80 percent ang itinaas ng mga pasahero nila ngayon bakasyon," the PCG chief said.
Meanwhile, the Coast Guard Action Center (CGAC) hotline 0917-PCG-DOTC is open 24/7 especially this period to accommodate any questions or urgent emergency calls during a certain voyage.
"We are monitoring the situation right now especially that thousands of passengers are already pouring along the port terminals to be with their love ones this Holiday Season," Isorena said. (Sunnex)