Cargo mishandling eyed in Zamboanga City ferry mishap
Roel Pareño (philstar.com) - September 23, 2016 - 6:50pm
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — The Philippine Coast Guard cited cargo mishandling caused a ferry to capsize Thursday night while docked at the Philippine Ports Authority wharf here.
 
Commodore Pablo Gonzales Jr., PCG district commander for Southwestern Mindanao, said initial investigation showed no other safety issue on the M/V Danica Joy II, which capsized while berthed at the PPA pier.
 
“Wala akong nakitang diperensya kasi dito it’s mishandling of cargoes. Wala siyang issue sa safety, kumpleto ang documents n’ya. Wala siyang isyu, nakatali na sa pier,” Gonzales told reporters.
 
“So, the only issue is mishandling of cargo,” he added.
 
M/V Danica Joy II of the Aleson Shipping Lines came from Sandakan in Malaysia and arrived in Zamboanga City on Thursday afternoon with 799 passengers, including 603 Filipino deportees.
 
Authorities said all passengers had already disembarked hours when the ship listed on its starboard side and capsized.
 
Gonzales said the Coast Guard has called up the management of the Danica Joy II to shed light on the mishap.
He said the responsibility remains with the chief mate, being the cargo officer.
 
Gonzales explained that chief is supposed to be around until the loading or unloading of the cargo is done.
 
“We called on the management of the ship and let’s be fair with them. We have to find out if the chief mate was around and what were the procedures that he might have overlooked,” Gonzales said.
 
The chief mate may lose his license if found to have neglected his duties. Aleson Shipping also faces sanctions, he said.

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