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Old 06-09-2009, 05:41   #1
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Deaths as Philippine Ferry Sinks

At least five people have died but more than 800 passengers have been rescued from a ferry that sank in the southern Philippines.
Admiral Wilfredo Tamayo, a coast guard chief, said on Sunday that most of the 847 passengers and 117 crew members on board the Superferry 9 were transferred to two nearby commercial ships about five hours after the ferry began to list
The bodies of two other passengers were later plucked from the sea by fishermen, the coast guard said.
The guard said that three passengers were injured.
Authorities said earlier that some people had jumped into the water in panic before dawn as the vessel began to tilt to the right. The ship sank about six nautical miles off the west coast of Zamboanga peninsula on Mindanao island, Teodoro said

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Pretty piss poor record
Here is a list of major ferry disasters in the Philippines over the past two decades:
September 6, 2009: Five people are confirmed killed and more than 60 are left missing after the Superferry 9 tilts sharply and then sinks near Zamboanga.
May, 2009: Wooden-hulled MV Commander 6 cracks open and sinks just south of Manila, leaving 12 dead.
December, 2008: Ferry Maejan capsizes off the northern Philippines, leaving 30 dead.
November, 2008: Don Dexter Kathleen, small wooden-hulled ferry, capsizes in freak winds off the central island of Masbate, leaving 42 dead.
June, 2008: The Princess of the Stars ferry, owned by Sulpicio Lines, capsizes at the height of a typhoon. Of the 850 on board, only 57 survive.
February, 2004: A fire breaks out on Superferry 14 near Manila Bay, leaving 116 dead. Islamist groups later claim they planted a bomb aboard the vessel.
April, 2000: The overloaded ML Anahanda, which was supposed to be operating only as a cargo vessel, sinks off the island of Jolo. About 100 of the estimated 150 people on board die.
September, 1998: The ferry MV Princess of the Orient, sister ship of the Princess of the Stars and also owned by Sulpicio Lines, sinks off Batangas City. About 150 die.
December, 1994: A Singaporean freighter hits the ferry Cebu City in Manila Bay, leaving about 140 dead.
October 1988: The Dona Marilyn ferry, owned by Sulpicio Lines, sinks off the central island of Leyte, leaving more than 250 dead.
December, 1987: The Dona Paz, sister ship of Dona Marilyn, collides with an oil tanker off Mindoro island, leaving more than 4,000 dead in the world's worst peacetime shipping disaster.
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SuperFerry 9 passengers to get assistance

The Aboitiz Transport System (ATS) Corporation on Sunday said passengers of SuperFerry 9, which sank off the western coast of Zamboanga Peninsula, will get assistance from the company, the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) reported.

In a text message to ABS-CBN News, MARINA administrator Ma. Elena Bautista said that Aboitiz has protection and indemnity (P&I) cover.

MARINA said that under Aboitiz's P&I cover, relatives of deceased passengers will receive P200,000 ($4,117 USD), while survivors will receive P50,000 ($1,029 USD) each.

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I think it illustrates that the higher safety standards that we have for our merchant fleet in the US is worth the cost.

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