SuperFerry hits Sulpicio Lines vessel off Cebu

Posted at 09/22/2008 2:37 PM

A SuperFerry ship rammed into a Sulpicio Lines vessel off Cebu province Monday morning, stranding passengers for almost three hours.

Eyewitnesses said the Cagayan de Oro City-bound SuperFerry 12 was maneuvering away from the port when it was whipped by a strong wind. The forward starboard side of the SuperFerry hit the starboard side of Princess of the South owned by Sulpicio Lines Inc. 

Princess of the South, which was scheduled to leave for Cagayan de Oro City at 7 p.m. Monday, was reportedly docking when the incident occurred.  A portion of the left front area of Sulpicio's ship was damaged.

Princess of the South ship captain, Edgar Ernesto, said the anchorage of both ships got entangled. The SuperFerry ship captain has sent his men down to manually put a rope to the anchorage of the Sulpicio vessel.

Investigation of the accident is still on-going. Sulpicio Lines, meanwhile, will reportedly lodge a formal complaint due to the damage. Rico Lucena, ABS-CBN News