Operator of sunken ship in Palawan suspended

Posted at 06/14/2012 3:22 PM | Updated as of 06/14/2012 4:06 PM

MANILA, Philippine – The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) on Thursday announced the suspension of the operator of M/V Josille-2, which sank off El Nido, Palawan last Tuesday.

MARINA officer-in-charge Nicasio Conti ordered the suspension of the operations of Atienza Shipping Company owned by Silverio Atienza, following the sinking of the vessel where at least five people died.

The suspension means that the shipping company’s remaining vessel, the M/V April Rose, will be barred from sailing.

M/V April Rose is a steel-hulled vessel that travels to and from Manila and Coron, Palawan.

Conti said MARINA will conduct an investigation to determine those responsible for the sea mishap.

"We'll get to the bottom of the incident to ensure that those responsible in the fatal sea accident are penalized, and their certificate of public convenience (CPC) is cancelled in case we prove that violations were committed," Conti said.

M/V Josille – 2 sank off Pagawanin Island near El Nido town at around 11 p.m. on Tuesday.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said the vessel carried at least 61 passengers, of whom 34 were included in the passenger manifest; 13 not included in the manifest; and 14 crew members.

MARINA said it also plans to come up with guidelines for seafarers during times when no storm signal is raised but heavy rains are present.