M/V Filipinas Dumaguete hits RORO ramp at Maasin Pier, all passengers safe

June 28, 2010 10:21 pm 

MANILA, June 28 –A steel hulled passenger-cargo vessel, with 159 adults and one infant passengers onboard, was partially damaged after it hit a roll-on-roll-off (RORO) ramp at the Maasin Pier, Maasin, Southern Leyte, Thursday night, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) reported on Monday.

All passengers and crews of M/V Filipinas Dumaguete were safe, except a woman who sustained minor head injury.

PCG headquarters in Manila said that the steel-hulled passenger/cargo vessel owned and operated by Cokaliong Shipping Lines, Inc., accidentally hit the RORO ramp at the east portion of Maasin Pier at 11:55 p.m. on June 24.

Admiral Wilfredo Tamayo, PCG commandant, said immediately, personnel of Coast Guard Station Maasin proceeded to Maasin pier to render necessary assistance and verified from Captain Aram Ares, the vessel's master, the incident.

Initial reports showed that while maneuvering to dock at the port of Maasin, Ares miscalculated the distance of the port since he turned off the engine too late.

Eventually, it caused minor damage to the pier and dent/minor crack of more or less three meters above waterline at the upper forward bow portion of the vessel.

Passenger Elpeda Eviota, 69, and resident of Barangay Rizal, Machoron, Southern Leyte, suffered minor head injury. She is now recuperating at the Maasin Provincial Hospital and according to her attending physician she is already out of danger.

Cokaliong Shipping vowed to shoulder all expenses incurred by the patient.

The vessel departed port of Maasin for Cebu the following day, with all its 159 adults and one infant passengers aboard.

Coast Guard Station Maasin advised the master of the vessel to file Marine Protest and to render situation report every two hours during its entire voyage.

The vessel arrived and docked at the port of Cebu and safely disembarked all passengers at 9:25 a.m. on June 25, 2010. The crew will conduct repair to the damage portion of the vessel prior to its next scheduled voyage.

Coordination was already made with MARINA for sea worthiness evaluation of the vessel prior to her next voyage, PCG said.(PNA) RMA/JES

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