Over 5,000 passengers stranded in ports in the country, PCG says

June 24, 2009 9:22 am 

MANILA, June 24 — A total of 5,822 passengers were stranded in 22 ports all over the country due to bad weather, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said on Wednesday.

In a report to Admiral Wilfredo Tamayo, PCG commandant, the PCG station in Manila said three vessels canceled their trips due to typhoon Feria.

Two were from Negros Navigation (NN) Company, namely, the M/V St. Peter the Apostle with 437 passengers and the M/V San Paolo, with 625.

The wooden-hulled M/V Catalyn-A of the San Nicholas Shipping with 30 passengers bound for Coron, Palawan was also forced to cancel its trip.

Reports said the Port of Manila has the most number of stranded passengers with a total of 1,092 people.

Gian Galvez, NN corporate communications marketing and sales head, said they had to call off their trips when the PCG did not give them a go-signal to sail.

The M/V St. Peter the Apostle was due to sail late Tuesday to Bacolod and Iloilo while the M/V San Paolo had multiple destinations to Cebu, Tagbilaran, Dipolog, Misamis and Iligan.

Galvez said some passengers opted to go home and are expected to return Thursday to the terminal. Those who stayed within the NN’s premises were provided with free meals.

Hopefully, they could resume their operations on Thursday, Galvez added.

Meanwhile, 1,030 people were stranded at the port in Matnog, Sorsogon; 910 people in Catbalogan, Samar; and 600 people in Batangas, according to the report furnished by the PCG.

Typhoon Feria also affected the travel of 502 units of rolling cargoes, 126 vessels, and 131 motorized bancas. (PNA)

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