BFP: M/L Satellite not authorized to carry fuel PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 April 2017 14:15

The M/L Satellite, a fishing vessel that caught fire while docked at a private wharf last week, is not authorized to carry fuel, according to the results of an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP.)

Zamboanga District Fire Marshall F/Chief Inspector Clint Cha said that the vessel was only authorized to carry ordinary commodities and goods because of its wooden hull.

Based on the BFP investigation, the conflagration was caused by a spark from cranking the ignition of the vessel’s generator set.

The vessel, which has regular crew of only six personnel, was only reportedly rented to take the fuel to Sulu province.

“They did not practice safety measures for the reason that it (vessel) has no permit to carry fuel,” said Cha.

Meanwhile, the lorry that carried fuel to the wharf was reportedly authorized to ferry flammable liquids.

The BFP however will soon work to remove the permit of the lorry from ferrying fuel to the wharf as it poses danger to clients.

Five people died while four others sustained burn injuries after the M/L Satellite caught fire whle docked at a private wharf at the Baliwasan Seaside.

The vessel was refilling gasoline gallons from a lorry when explosions were heard followed by a fire which engulfed the boat.  (Liza Jocson)