Ship crawls to Cebu on 1 engine-A A +A
Thursday, May 9, 2013
A VESSEL of Trans-Asia Shipping Lines arrived in Cebu City from Ozamis City two hours late as it traveled the stretch between Bohol and Cebu with only one engine.
Mardon Martin, maritime specialist of the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) 7, said it is “dangerous” for a vessel to sail the high seas with only one engine.
MV Trans-Asia 2 carried 400 passengers, including 25 children and 12 infants, according to Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Cebu Station Commander Weniel Azcona.
The vessel, which experienced engine trouble off Balicasag Island in Bohol, was supposed to arrive at 6 a.m. It left Ozamis Tuesday evening and finally docked Pier 3 in Cebu City around 8 a.m. yesterday.
Martin said Marina will inspect the ship to check its seaworthiness.
“We were initially informed that there was a leak on the side of the main engine forcing the crew to turn it off. We can determine what happened once we re-inspect it,” Martin said.
Azcona said the PCG received a marine protest from the ship captain, Rudy Verba, and will furnish Marina a copy of it.
“We will immediately conduct a re-inspection of the vessel once we are furnished a copy of the marine protest,” Martin said.
Coast Guard Cebu Station Commander Weniel Azcona said that they already received the marine protest of which they already forwarded a copy to Marina 7.
Azcona said that they will not allow the vessel to sail again unless there is a clearance from Marina 7 Director Nanette Dinopol Villamor. (UP Mass Comm Intern Casey Moncal)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 09, 2013.