Passenger ship sinks off Calapan City



MV Baleno 168 lies on its side after sustaining damage to its propeller while about to dock at the port of Calapan City Thursday. All passengers and crew were safely evacuated. Photo courtesy of Vic Deguzman

MANILA, Philippines—A roll-on roll-off vessel sank after it sustained damage to its propeller while preparing to dock Thursday in the port of Calapan City in Oriental Mindoro, but all passengers were safe, the Philippine Coast Guard said.

At least 55 passengers were rescued from M/V Baleno 168 of  the Besta Shipping Lines, which lied on its side after taking on water.

It was maneuvering to dock in Calapan when an unusual sound came from the vessel’s engine about 9:30 a.m. They later found out that its starboard propeller was pulled out about two meters along its shank, PCG spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Armand Balilo said.

The vessel partially sank at around 10 a.m. after taking on water and when the crew shut the ship’s engine down, said ship captain Marlon Delda.

“All 55 passengers are safe. Our 29 staffers helped them get out of the vessel,” Delda told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

The ship was moored in Calapan Pier.

All the 18 rolling cargoes were still aboard the ship, Balilo said.

On December 27, 2009, M/V Baleno 9 went down in fair weather off Verde Island, Batangas, leaving six people dead and 44 missing. With a report from Madonna T. Virola, Inquirer Southern Luzon

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  • WeAry_Bat

    Right propeller a little bit dirty.  Water level a bit low, around a meter, in comparing the port side.  They hit some kind of bank in the shallow water. 

    I guess after this, there will be guidelines to recheck the seafloor level beside the wharfs in all docks at low tide.

  • pepito gwaps

    Baleno again. ” Bali no?”

  • -o0Mr_Aries0o-

    retire these junks! unscrupulous owners of almost all passenger ships in the country are only up to huge earnings without taking into consideration the quality of service and safety of the riding public.

  • w33k3nd3r

    That’s not a ship, folks. It’s a THING.

  • Cho

    Why Philippine government allowed a junk plying on our seas? MARINA and Coast Guard who’s responsible with this stupidity?

  • Joe Kano

    Where are all the environmentalists?

  • johnvforeighner

    Floating coffins, and the authorities that allow these coffins to be used are on the payroll.

  • kawawang_bansa

    “…which lied on its side after taking on water.” parang hindi tama itong sentence na ito

  • regd

    CREEPY! The propeller has a mind of it’s own and pulled out? I’m freakin out!

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