MARINA suspends fleet operations of Atienza Shipping

June 13, 2012 9:42 pm 

MANILA, June 13 – The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) said it will cancel the certificate of public convenience (CPC) of Atienza Shipping Company if proven to have violated the conditions in its CPC.

MARINA officer-in-charge Nicasio A. Conti suspended Wednesday the fleet operation of the Atienza Shipping, owned by Silverio Atienza, after one of its vessels sank off the waters of Pangawanin Island in Palawan, killing five passengers.

M/V Josille II, a 95.96-gross ton wooden-hulled vessel built in 1984, which has 163 passenger capacity, sank off the waters of Pangawanin Island in El Nido, Palawan Tuesday night.

The safety certificate of the other ship, the MV April Rose, was also suspended, consistent with the instructions of Transport Secretary Mar Roxas to ensure seaworthiness of the remaining vessels.

“We’ll get to the bottom of the incident to ensure that those responsible in the fatal sea accident are penalized, and their CPC is cancelled in case we prove that violations were committed,” Conti said.

MARINA suspended the operation until re-inspection and additional National Safety Management (NSM) audit of MV April Rose, a 250 grt. steel-hulled vessel that plies the Manila-Coron and Manila –Culion, Palawan routes.

“In view of the sinking of the wooden hulled ship, MV Josille II …respondents are hereby directed to explain and show cause in writing, within 72 hours from receipt hereof, why the certificate of public convenience (CPC) issued on 24 May 2010, valid for a period of 5 years or until 24 May 2015 under Case No. BMRO 10-030 and its subsequent amendments, should not be suspended or revoked,” the MARINA Order read.

The M/V Josille-II, which was carrying 59 passengers, including 12 crew members, departed Port Liminancong on June 12 at 2 am. The ship skippered by Capt. Jose Ramon de Castro reportedly met huge waves brought by strong winds and heavy rains that caused the ship to capsize. Five people died while the rest of the passengers were rescued.

“The Seafarer’s Identification record Book (SIRB) and Qualification Document Certificate (QDC) of the officers and ratings of the ship, MV Josille II, performing Watchkeeping duties at the same time of the incident, are suspended until further orders. Likewise the safety certificates of the ship, MV Josille II are hereby cancelled,” the Order stated.

MARINA is still verifying reports of violations including incomplete list of names in the passenger manifest.

MARINA, upon Roxas order, will develop a policy, in cooperation with the Philippine Coast Guard, that will guide the seafarers whether to sail or not in case there is no typhoon signal but there is a squall or any weather disturbance due to climate change.

MARINA requires the owner to submit its Answer and important documents such as cargo manifest, all pertinent ship and crew documents, voyage plan, ship’s electrical plan, ship’s class, class survey report and the measures undertaken to assist passengers.

MARINA set the hearing of the case on July 5, 10 a.m. at MARINA Regional Office IV Batangas. (PNA) RMA/GVF/utb

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