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Bacolod City, Philippines Saturday, September 30, 2017
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PCG urged to
investigate vessel mishap

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia has requested the Philippine Coast Guard to conduct a thorough investigation of a maritime incident involving a vessel of Ocean Jet that experienced a sudden unintended acceleration at the Bacolod Real Estate Development Corporation port Thursday.

About 14 passengers suffered minor injuries, such as dizziness, but are now out of the hospital, Lt. Senior Grade Jimmy Oliver Vingno, PCG-Bacolod head, said yesterday.

Vingno also said that the trips of the vessel have been suspended until the management complies with the requirements of the Maritime Industry Authority, such as the good condition of the vessel and its engine.

Leonardia said “The safety of our passengers should always be of utmost importance. While authorities are expected to ensure that safety measures are complied with, we also appeal for self-vigilance from the public”.

A press statement from Leonardia'soffice said the PCG informed him that they will hold the sail clearance of the subject vessel pending investigation.

The vessel, that was placed on neutral, was about 30 meters away from the Bredco port when it suddenly accelerated. Its port and starboard hull were damaged, Vingno said.

He added that the vessel was subjected to dry dock, or overhaul.

Once the vessel is repaired, the Marina can immediately lift the suspension, Vingno added.

Meanwhile, a resolution adopting Memorandum Circular 03-14, issued by the PCG on the guidelines for safety and security requirements of coastal and beach resorts, and vessels with pool facilities, including qualification and requirements of lifeguards for the promotion of safety of life at sea, was approved by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod Tuesday.

The resolution, authored by Councilor Em Ang, said such guidelines are vital and must be complied with by all coastal and beach resort owners in Bacolod to avert the possible loss of life or endanger the lives of resorts goers.

The timeliness and urgency of the resolution was underscored with the maritime incident Thursday involving an Ocean Jet at the Bredco port Thursday, where some passengers sustained minor injuries and had to be hospitalized.*SGG/CGS



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