BMI hearing on SuperFerry 9 sinking to start on Friday, PCG says

September 9, 2009 10:30 am 

MANILA, Sept. 9 — Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) commandant Admiral Wilfredo Tamayo has ordered the immediate convening of the Board of Marine Inquiry (BMI) to conduct investigation into the sinking of the SuperFerry 9 which claimed the lives of 10 passengers off the coast of Zamboanga Peninsula on Sunday morning.

Tamayo named Rear Admiral Alejandro Flora to head the BMI hearing.

The PCG commandant said the PCG, with the approval of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), opted to hold the inquiry in Manila and is set to start on Friday.

Earlier reports said that the BMI hearing was initially set on Wednesday in Zamboanga City, but the PCG decided to transfer the venue in Manila.

Among the focus of the inquiry is to determine if there was a power failure before MV SuperFerry 9 listed at the vicinity of Zamboanga Peninsula and while passengers were preparing to abandon ship.

Of the 968 reported number of persons on board the vessel at the time of the incident, 10 died and 958 survived.

SuperFerry 9 of Aboitiz Transport System, skippered by Capt. Jose Yap, left General Santos City on Saturday at 8:45 a.m. (PNA) scs/JES

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