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Fears grow for hundreds missing in South Korea ferry capsize

Rescue helicopters fly over a sinking South Korean passenger ferry that was carrying more than 450 passengers, mostly high school students, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, off South Korea's southern coast. Hundreds of people are missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by dozens of ships and helicopters. At least four people were confirmed dead and 55 injured. AP

The frantic search for nearly 300 people, most of them schoolchildren, missing after a South Korean ferry capsized slipped into a second day Thursday, as distraught relatives maintained an agonised vigil on shore.

Posted: April 17th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

5,500 passengers stranded in Matnog port—OCD

Matnog port. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

Around 5,500 passengers bound for Samar province were stranded at Matnog port in Sorsogon after maritime authorities suspended ferry crossings due to turbulent seas churned up by tropical depression “Agaton”, the Office of Civil Defense in Bicol said Saturday.

Posted: January 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Kin of ship collision victims wonder why Sulpicio captain still not suspended

Sulpicio Express Siete. AP FILE PHOTO

Relatives of the 80 dead and 40 missing in the Aug. 16 collision of a ferry and a cargo ship near the port of Cebu City wondered why the captain of the cargo vessel has not been suspended.

Posted: October 14th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Cargo ship runs aground off Cebu

oslob cebu

A cargo vessel carrying 10,517 bags of fertilizer ran aground off Oslob, Cebu after it was battered by waves Monday night while on its way from Isabel, Leyte to Dipolog City.

Posted: October 8th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Death toll in Cebu ferry collision reaches 116

Philippine Navy and Philippine Coast Guard divers retrieve a body from the waters off the coast of Talisay city, Cebu province, in central Philippines Saturday Aug. 17, 2013, a day after a passenger ferry MV Thomas of Aquinas collided with a cargo ship Sulpicio Express Siete. AP

Divers over the weekend recovered another body from the sunken wreck of the MV St. Thomas Aquinas, bringing to 116 the death toll in the Aug. 16 collision between the passenger ship and the cargo vessel Sulpicio Express Siete off Talisay City in Cebu.

Posted: September 17th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Maritime hub lacks technical divers

Two weeks of sifting through the sunken vessel MV St. Thomas Aquinas to find and retrieve the remains of victims of the Aug. 16 sea tragedy highlighted the need for Cebu to train its own crew of technical divers. “We lack technical divers who could have helped us in the retrieval operation here,” said Gerry [...]

Posted: September 2nd, 2013 in CDN - News,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

China will defend its maritime rights – defense minister

Chinese Minister of Defense Gen. Chang Wanquan AP

Military relations between China and the United States are steadily improving but Beijing remains determined to defend its maritime rights, the country’s defense minister said Monday during a US visit.

Posted: August 20th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

4 Chinese ships in disputed waters – Japan

This handout picture taken by the Japan Coast Guard on June 27, 2013 shows a Chinese marine surveillance ship cruising near the disputed islets known as the Senkaku islands in Japan and Diaoyu islands in China, in the East China Sea. Three Chinese government ships entered Japanese territorial waters near the Senkaku, the Japanese coastguard said. AFP PHOTO / JAPAN COAST GUARD

Four Chinese government ships were on Monday sailing in waters around islands controlled by Tokyo and claimed by Beijing, the Japanese coastguard said.

Posted: July 1st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Poor services of fastcraft scored

THE Regional Development Council 7 (RDC-7) has requested the Maritime Industry Authority to strictly implement the quality standards of high speed ferries that operate in the region.

Posted: May 31st, 2013 in CDN - News,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Coast Guard sends tugboat to rescue distressed vessel off Batangas

Philippine Coast Guard

The Coast Guard in this city has responded to the call for help of a ferry boat that developed engine trouble more than an hour after sailing off from Batangas port Monday morning.

Posted: April 29th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Bigger crane ship due in Tubbataha on Saturday

The USS Guardian, a US Navy minesweeper, is still stuck after running aground Tubbataha Reefs, a Unesco World Heritage Site in Sulu Sea, in this Jan. 17 photo released by the Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Command. AP FILE PHOTO

The second, bigger crane ship that would help remove portions of the USS Guardian, which remains stuck in Tubbataha Reef in Palawan, is expected to arrive at the site on Saturday, according to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).

Posted: February 15th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Gov’t starts damage assessment on reefs

This handout photo taken on January 19, 2013 and released on January 20, 2013 by the Philippine Western Command (WESCOM) shows an aerial shot of US Navy minesweeper, the USS Guardian, as it remains trapped on the Tubbataha reef after it ran aground on the western Philippine island of Palawan.  The Philippines will seek damages from the US after their navy ship ran aground on a coral reef in a protected marine reserve, an official said on January 18.        AFP PHOTO/WESCOM

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has ordered an immediate assessment of the environmental damage on the Tubbataha Reefs after a United States Ship ran aground there Thursday last week.

Posted: January 21st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

5 fishers rescued off Cavite hours after boat sinking—Coast Guard


Five fishermen, whose motor boat sank last weekend off the coast of Cavite due to big waves, were rescued hours later by the crew of a passing fishing boat near Fortune island, also in the same province, according to the Philippine Coast Guard detachment in Nasugbu, Batangas.

Posted: January 16th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »



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