Operations of firms in Cebu ship collision suspended
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MANILA, Philippines—Maritime authorities on Saturday suspended the operations of two shipping lines whose vessels collided off Talisay City in Cebu.
Maximo Mejia, chief of the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), said in a press conference Saturday afternoon that all its regional offices were ordered to conduct immediate inspection of all vessels of 2GO Travel and Philippine Span Asia Carrier Corp. (formerly known as Sulpicio Lines).
The MV St. Thomas Aquinas of 2GO Travel was carrying 831 people when it collided with MV Sulpicio Express Siete of Philippine Span Asia Carrier Corp. Friday night.
Mejia said the ships would be grounded and could only sail after passing maritime safety inspections.
He said that while the some of their ships were still out at sea, they “will be immediately inspected as soon as they arrive in port.”
Meanwhile, Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said MARINA and the Board of Marine Inquiry would investigate sea tragedy.
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