9 Superferry ships grounded after mishap

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MANILA, Philippines—Nine Superferry vessels owned by the Negros Navigation-Aboitiz Transport System Corp. (Nenaco-ATSC) have been ordered grounded after one of them collided with a fishing boat off Sarangani on Friday, the Philippine Coast Guard said Saturday.

PCG spokesperson Lt. Cmdr. Algier Ricafrente said a notice of “voyage suspension” was issued by the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) to Nenaco-ATC on the operations of MV Superferry 20, MV Superferry 1, MV Superferry 2, MV Superferry 5, MV Superferry 12, MV Superferry 21, MV Cebu Ferry 1, MV Cebu Ferry 2 and MV Cebu Ferry 3.

Superferry 20 was involved in the collision with fishing boat San Jose Bayanihan in the vicinity of Barangay Tinoto, Maasim town, near the mouth of Sarangani Bay. The fishing boat was a total wreck and quickly sank. A member of the crew, Giovanni Buntong, 60, died after being hit on the head by floating debris.

The fishing boat’s captain and other five other crewmen were rescued by PCG personnel who were patrolling nearby.

Vessel reinspection

All the grounded Superferry vessels will be subjected to a reinspection and additional international safety management audit by a joint Marina and PCG team, Ricafrente said.

Aside from the PCG, Marina’s Enforcement Office and regional offices, the Philippine Ports Authority and Cebu Ports Authority were also deputized to enforce the order.

The Seafarer’s Identification Record Book and qualification documents of the officers and crew of Superferry 20 as well as the ship’s safety certificates were also cancelled until further notice, Ricafrente added.

Marina will begin its investigation of the collision on Nov. 25. The first hearing will be held at 10 a.m. at the agency’s franchise office hearing room at Parkview Plaza, Ermita, Manila.

The Superferry 20, skippered by Capt. Candido Rasonabe, had 542 passengers at the time of the incident. It left General Santos City at 11:45 p.m. Thursday for a voyage to Manila with a brief stopover in Zamboanga City.

The fishing boat, which also came from General Santos City, was cruising southeastward to Balut Island in the Sarangani Islands when the collision took place at around 1 a.m. Friday. (The Sarangani Islands are not part of Sarangani province.  The islands comprise a municipality, also called Sarangani, of Davao del Sur)

In August, two cargo ships collided near the area. Two crewmen were reported missing.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WIWYLFLU4LPKS7B2ZLLRVFKS3Y vir_a

    This is very expensive. The fault of one ship is not the fault of all. No wonder the cost of shipping is rising as they have to face severe penalties which may be passed on also to customers. I think the authorities should be the ones suspended. They are sleeping on their job until accidents wake them up. If they only inspect the ships from time to time and don’t ignore deficiencies because of corrupt practices our ships would have been safe to ride. Right now, more people are taking the planes than ships because of too many tragedies.

    • http://twitter.com/abrahamdsl Abraham Darius Llave

      tama. Buti sana kung negligence to ng SuperFerry. Again, dapat yung mas maliit ang umiwas, mahirap mag-maniobra ng malaking barko.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IC3LXIXDLXPN224JR6HP3PL3MQ reynaldo

    This grounding of all the Superferry’s which are needed by the riding public as ordered by Mr. Ricafrente of MARINA  is simply outrageous and unnecessary! Our riding public will suffer graetly and many transactions business, personal etc. will be greatly affected. Why not inspect the Superferry one at a time so that those waiting to be inspected can still ply the route and serve the public?

    • Anonymous

      It’s pretty stupid to let ships that HAVEN’T been inspected to ply their routes, unless you want to risk the safety of passengers and crew.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jose-Hernani-Parco/100000334088180 Jose Hernani Parco

    give it a week or two and then it will be back to business as usual! of course after some generous accommodation by the ship owners with the authorities! this has always been the case and it will always be. this latest one will be no different!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jose-Hernani-Parco/100000334088180 Jose Hernani Parco

    isn’t it ridiculous the shipping industry is a certified killer as it continues to be involved in tragedies/accident/ mishap you name it! and yet the govt. does not do a thing about it for the absolute safety of the riding public not even cancel the franchise of the erring company! on the other hand the govt. will not put the BNPP operational as they deemed it unsafe but the real thing that they are really afraid of due to ignorance is the word “NUCLEAR”! and yet if they are in doubt we have the PNRI to answer all their apprehensions!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LBC2UX3Q57QWVHJCJHHIVM66ZA Rob

      actually dude, sulpicio did the same thing, when you have lots of death liabilites you sell to friends of yours then change the name and no more libilites.  thats world wide standard

  • Anonymous

    THIS IS NOT FAIR, BECAUSE IT COULD BE POSSIBLE THAT THE FISHING “”PUMPBOAT” DON’T KNOW HOW TO NAVIGATE IN THE OPEN SEA, OK? A LARGE VESSEL IS NOT EASY TO MANEUVER JUST TO AVOID COLLISION WITH A TINY “PUMPBOAT”, ITS THEIR OBLIGATION TO NAVIGATE AWAY FROM A LARGE VESSEL, AGAIN. ITS AN ABUSE OF AUTHORITY,  EVEN THOSE COAST GUARD SAILORS KNOW THAT RULE, HE, HE, HE! MOST MMARINA OFFICERS ARE NOT SEAFARERS THEMSELVES AND DON’T KNOW THE RULES OF NAVIGATION,HE, HE,HE!

    • Anonymous

      Hindi mo pa ba nakuha ‘pre? 9 SuperFerry vessels  yan, sa 1 million nalang  ang isa para  bigyan ng clearance para bumiaje uli, Merry X-mas talaga para sa mga opisyales ng PCG, MARINA, at PPA.

  • http://twitter.com/Joe_The_Kano Joe Kano

    Ships are anchored or confined to port etc. but they are not “grounded.” That’s for airplanes. Grounding a ship is a disaster. It means hitting a reef or something.

  • Anonymous

    “PCG spokesperson Lt. Cmdr. Algier Ricafrente said a notice of “voyage suspension” was issued by the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) to Nenaco-ATC to all of its 9 Superferry passenger ship”… I might just wonder, Philippine Coast Guard and Marina should investigate who among the two ships, Superferry 20 or the fishing boat is on fault, kung nasa navigational ship passing lane, eh di kasalanan ng fishing boat dahil hindi naman aalis sa passing lane ang superferry dahil sasayad iyon sa sea bed… ano ba ang ginagawa ng fishing boat na iyon sa ship lane, meron bang enough navigational gadgets at communication system itong fishing boat na ito para mangisda o dumaan duon sa sinasabing area of collition??? umasta naman ang PCG na akala mo LTFRB at passenger bus operator franchise ang sinususpende… O baka naman, “may i invoke my personal interest” dito, kanino ba iyon fishing boat na iyon at hindi man lang ina-identify kahit na ng media… Tanong lang po, medyo puro alanganin kasi ang banat ninyo, imposed agad kayo ng immediate judgement and out to media immediately, ganuon wala pa naman kayong inilalabas na investigation results… eh bakit iyon fishing permit nuong kabila ba eh sinuspendi ninyo rin??? ang labas tuloy nito eh , nangbabakal kayo sa Nenaco-ATC… kasi mas malaki ang mawawalang income sa kanila kaysa duon sa fishing boat owner, at marami rin riding public ang pinuwerwisyo ninyo, isang passenger ship lang ang na-involve sa isang freak accident, suspendihin ba naman ang permit to operate ng buong fleet… aba hoy, sira ulo na ba ang PCG at Marina…. o malaki lang ang hinihingi at hindi mabigay ng superferry!!! HOY GISING!!!  Senate ito ang imbestigahan ninyo!!! ang PCG at Marina… for corruption and abuse of authority!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XMBNVCCLR4MQQEAT7PEFAGJRVE NestorC

    it is unfair that 9 superferry’s were suspended. the one that involved the collision will be suspended pending the results of the investigation.however, i disagee that all the rest will be suspended because one unit was involved in sea collision. is this another form of soliciting for bribery because they know how much the owner will suffer in lieu of the suspension? but remember the owner of the ship suffered losses but much more the riding public who patronize the ship as well as businessman who ply their trade using the ship to haul their cargo. common be reasonable enough…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LBC2UX3Q57QWVHJCJHHIVM66ZA Rob

    i dont blieve the captains of sf are good, nn never accident

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