PCG grounds overloading boats PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 29 December 2013 14:12

Personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Basilan and Zamboanga City temporarily held three passenger vessels after they were found to be overloaded.

Reports said the Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Basilan conducted a pre-departure inspection (PDI) last Dec. 23 and discovered that M/V Stephanie Marie, which was bound for Zamboanga City, was overloaded with 272 unmanifested passengers.

The PCG in Manila said the passenger vessel was withheld until the deficiency was rectified by Capt. Edmundo Laurente, the ship master. The ship sailed for its destination carrying its allowed passenger capacity of 861 adults, 28 children, and two infants.

A day later, the the Coast Guard Station (CGS) Zamboanga conducted vessels safety enforcement inspection (VSEI) on M/V Ciara Joie 2 and M/V Trisha Kerstin 1 and found that both were over carrying passengers with 118 and 79 excess pssengers, respectively.

Immediately, Capt. Samuel N. Stilianopulous of MV Ciara Joie 2 and Capt. Ricardo M. Bandolon of MV Trisha Kerstin 1 rectified the deficiencies and were allowed to depart to Lamitan, Basilan.

MV Ciara Joie 2 was authorized to carry 269 passengers only, while MV Trisha Kerstin 1 was allowed to transport 660 passengers.

All three boats are owned by Aleson Shipping Lines Inc.