Cebu Ferry Disaster - investigations ongoing

Cebu Ferry Disaster – investigations ongoing

Regular but rather solid winds from south-east make recovery operations hazardous. The winds are owing to an amplified Habagat this because of the double Tropical Depressions in the north of the Philippines.
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I am totally no marine specialist and as a result I won’t mess up with managing investigations. But we usually travel with ferries in the Visayas and obtain impressions during our excursions. I have to talk to some inquiries

1. How can this kind of a major ship be so vulnerable?

M/V St. Thomas Aquinas was a 455-foot (139 m) prolonged roll-on/roll-off ferry capable of transporting the two passengers and their cars. It weighed 11,000 tons and was commissioned in 1973.

M/V St. Thomas Aquinas

The ship sunk within just 15 minutes following having been strike by the cargo vessel.  When you look at the ferry, then you can consider how hard it is to get off the ship during dim night, all through panic and increasingly inclining flooring.

2. How is targeted traffic guided in the Port of Cebu?

Cebu Port Traffic Cebu Port Targeted traffic (Graphics courtesy of

Over graphics exhibit only vessels outfitted with an AIS (Automatic Identification Method). As from December 2004, the Global Maritime Group (IMO) necessitates all vessels in excess of 299GT to carry an AIS transponder on board, which transmits their placement, speed and training course, amid some other static details, such as vessel’s identify, dimensions and voyage aspects.
But we are in the Philippines! I guess, a ton of ships never have the required devices or the machines is not functioning (either destroyed or neglected to place on).

Cebu Port with AIS

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In particular the port entrances (west and east) seem tricky and slender to me as a nautical no one. Are there required pilots? Are there pilots available? Or have captains and initially officers to uncover the suitable monitor by themselves?

Interactive Cebu Port Map

Simply click on the map to enlarge (Map courtesy of

3. How can the Philippines Governing administration make maritime website traffic safer?

On the a person hand the govt invests thousands and thousands (of USD, not PHP, of class) into advertisement for tourism in the Philippines. And on the other hand this kind of an accident spreads in 5 minutes all over our media world and destroys all efforts.

I was studying BBC News on my smartphone Friday night when the poor information did pop up at all-around 09:00 p.m. PST.

CAAP is successful self-confidence around the environment by grounding an out of date airline (Pest Air) and getting the US and EU bans taken off from a different one (PAL). I imagine there maritime sister corporation,  the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) ought to now act promptly and present there authority.

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