The Philippines Coast Guard Central Vizayas Action Center reported today three maritime incidents that occurred within their area of responsibility last night, January 15.
MV Joyful Star with 237 passengers onboard ran aground yesterday around 11:45 p.m. at the vicinity of Bantolinao Point, Cebu while enroute from Maasin, Leyte to Cebu. Said vessel, with 1097.87 GT, is skippered by Captain Alexander Canete of Roble Shipping Incorporated. The Coast Guard is still transferring passengers of MV Joyful Star using rubber boats to DF 318 and MTug Janggo to Porter Yacht Club, Cebu.
Additionally, MV Subic Bay 1, a cargo container vessel, ran aground at the same area at 2:44 a.m. today en route from Nasipit, Butuan to Pier 7, Port of Cebu. MV Subic Bay 1 is owned and operated by Carlos A Gothong Lines Incorporated with 61 officers and crew onboard and skippered by Captain Mariano Villarias. MV Subic Bay 1 is still waiting for the arrival of its sister ship MTug 4 to retract it from its groundedposition.
Lastly, MV Our Lady of All Nation also ran aground at 2:00 a.m. today at the vicinity of Danajon Bank, Bohol while enroute from Leyte to Cebu. Coast Guard search and rescue vessel, BRP EDSA II (SARV 002) was earlier dispatched to conduct search and rescue mission to the distressed vessel about 2.3 nautical miles off Mabini Point, Cebu. The skipper of MV Our Lady of All Nation has established contact with Malayan Towage and Salvage Corporation to retract said vessel from its grounded area. MV Our Lady Of All Nation with 592 GT with 90 passengers onboard, is skippered by Captain Samuel Fael of Medallion Transport Incorporated.