Lite Ferry ship hit by cargo vessel off Cebu

A ship bound for Cebu was hit while in Talisay, Cebu waters by a cargo ship Friday afternoon causing minimal damage.

According to initial reports from the Coast Guard in Cebu,  the vessel MV Lite Ferry 20, departed from the port of Tubigon, Bohol, was accidentally hit by cargo vessel LCT Seamine 8 at Vic Lawis Ledge around 12:55 pm on Friday.

Minimal damage was sustained, and luckily no one was harmed among the reported 54 passengers.

The report said Captain Dominique Carmona, the captain of Lite Ferry 20, noted movements on the astern, which after an inspection turned out to be the cargo vessel hitting the port quarter.

The accidental collision caused damage on MV Lite Ferry 20’s sundeck.

The cargo vessel went on to continue the voyage bound for Naga City in Cebu province.

No one in the cargo vessel got hurt in the accident.

Authorities are still investigating the incident and will come up with a complete report soon.

DANGEROUS LEDGE

Several incidents have happened on the Lawis Ledge. The ledge has been known to be one of the most dangerous parts of Cebu waters.

The ledge is a narrow passageway with sharp rocks located on both sides.

Five years ago, a ship also collided with a cargo ship also in Lawis Ledge.

A report by ABS-CBN said St. Thomas Aquinas collided with cargo ship identified as Sulpicio Express 7.

St. Thomas Aquinas carried 800 passengers while the cargo ship had 36 crew members.

The Coast Guard has since declared the area as dangerous for sailing ships. Several accidents have been recorded in the past occurring near or at the ledge, reports said.

MV Trans Asia 9 also ran aground at Lawis Ledge in 2013 and on 2011, three people died when a fastcraft also sank in the area.

The Coast Guard said the passage is too narrow for vessels to meet, as it is about 600 yards or 3.3 nautical miles.

HUGGING THE HEADLINES

MV Lite Ferry 20 hugged the headlines before another reason.

The ship figured in a collision with a motor banca in Tubigon last November 2017.

The ship’s captain has even filed a marine protest about the incident on November 1.

A 26-year-old mother from Bagong Banwa Island in Tubigon town, reportedly, died as a result of the collision.

While it was determined by the Coast Guard the banca was at fault; it was reported the owners of the ferry settled with the family of the victim.

 

 

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