Cawayan, Masbate, [09.13.17]– A Cebu bound inter island ship was suspended to sail on Tuesday afternoon by the Philippine Coast Guard after it accidentally hit the rocky portion of Barangay Mahayahay shorelines minutes after the left Cawayan port, Coast Guard Cawayan said.
The passenger ship, Island Shipping Lines ploughed the shoreline of Barangay Mahayahay, in Cawayan town at 1:50 o’ clock in the afternoon, September 12, 2017 due to strong waves.
The Ship Captain Lucresio Cañedo told Masbate Today that they left the Port of Cawayan after obtaining a Coast Guard clearance, but after the vessel had left the port with more or less 100 meters distance, the ship can not maneuver to return back to the port due to strong currents brought about by the waves.
“I immediately ordered the dropping of the anchor, but because of the strong waves the ship drifted so fast towards the direction of the shoreline and we could not do anything but to let the ship hit the shore,” Cañedo explained.
The ship was loaded with two (2) ten wheeler trucks, one (1) six wheeler truck, a car and fifty 50 passengers is bound for Cebu when the accident happened. No cargo damages incurred and the passengers and the crew were not harmed.
Meanwhile, PO1 Ernesto Oliva, Jr, a coast guard personell detailed in Cawayan Port also told Masbate Today that the late dropping of the anchor has caused the ship to be carried away by big waves.
The ship was permitted to sail yesterday because there was no storm signal, Oliva said
The incident will be investigated by the Philippine Coast Guard and Maritime Industry Authority [MARINA] to look into the possibility of negligence committed by the boat captain. While an underwater hand inspection will be conducted to assess the possible damages on the ship.
Despite the accident on Island Shipping Lines, other ships bound for Cebu were allowed to sail by the coast guard.
The incident in Cawayan occurred while the provinces of MIMAROPA, the rest of CALABARZON and Bicol Region were experiencing cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rains with thunderstorms caused by Tropical Depression MARING.