THE Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) ordered Trans Asia Shipping Lines Inc. to submit its six vessels for immediate re-inspection and audit following recent number of maritime incidents involving these vessels.
These ships are Mv Trans Asia II, Mv Tans Asia 3, Mv Asia Philippines, Mv Tans Asia 8, Mv Trans Asia 9 and Mv Tarns Asia 10. These vessels reportedly experienced engine trouble or other problems related to machineries.
In her order dated April 15, Marina 7 Director Nanette Villamor-Dinopol cited one of the conditions set forth in the certificate of public convenience (CPC) dated last June 14, 2005.
“That the grantee (Trans Asia) shall prior to and from the duration of the ships operation comply with operational and safety standards for ships required by national and/or international conventions, rules and regulations, maintain its ships in safe and serviceable conditions, meet the safe manning requirements and provide safe, adequate, efficient, reliable and economical service at all times,” Dinopol said, citing the CPC condition.
Dinopol said that the re-inspection of ships must be done in coordination and presence of the classification societies of the identified ships.
The order stemmed from the complaint filed by Cokaliong Shipping Lines Inc. against Trans Asia Shipping Lines Inc. for its alleged failure to serve its various routes.
In his petition, Chester Cokaliong, president and general manager of Cokaliong Shipping Lines, said that Trans Asia failed to serve the Cebu City-Cagayan de Oro City route on April 15, 16, 18 and 19. It also failed to serve the Cebu-Iloilo-Iloilo-Cebu route on March 21, 22, 23 and 26 and April 19 and 20.
In his petition, Cokaliong prayed that Trans Asia be meted with the administrative penalty of fine and suspension or revocation of its CPC.
Sought for comment, Trans Asia operations manager Abner Llenos told Sun.Star Cebu that the shipping company will abide by Marina’s order to show that their ships are in good condition.
Llenos also said that Cokaliong filed a similar case before, and the gist of the court order said that Cokaliong was not the real person in interest because he has no route in Cagayan de Oro.
Llenos said that Cokaliong just wanted to hit back at Trans Asia over routes’ competition, particularly in Cebu-Iligan, Jagna, Bohol and Nasipit.
“Nakuhaan ang iyang mga pasahero ug kargamento kay naay Trans Asia. But we should remind Cokaliong that under the law, there must be a healthy competition and co-existence in the shipping industry that will benefit the riding public,” Llenos said.
Llenos said Trans Asia is now preparing counter-charges against Cokaliong.