Six Missing After Two Cargo Ships Sink Separately in the Philippines

A total of six people are missing after two cargo ships sank in the Philippines in separate incidents less than 24 hours apart.  The first incident occurred early Tuesday morning. The Philippines Coast Guard reported that the M/V Virginia 1, with 11 crew members on board, caught fire and sank at about 1 a.m. Tuesday approximately 8 nautical miles from Fortune … [Read more...]

Bulk Carrier Hard Aground at Popular Dive Site in Philippines

The Philippine Coast Guards says that a Panama-flagged bulk carrier has damaged hundreds of meters of coral reef off Cebu after running aground on Monday.  The PCG confirmed Tuesday that the MV Belle Rose, a 183-meter bulk carrier, ran aground June 13 at about 3 a.m. on Monad Shoal, a famous diving site known as one of the only places on earth … [Read more...]

Ferry Sinks in Philippines, Killing At Least 36

  By Rosemarie Francisco MANILA, July 2 (Reuters) - A ferry carrying 189 passengers and crew capsized off the central Philippines in heavy waves on Thursday, killing at least 36 people but the majority of those on board were rescued, the coast guard and police said. The MBCA Kim-Nirvana, a motorised outrigger with 173 passengers and 16 crew on board, capsized … [Read more...]

Cargo Ship Grounding Damages Coral Reefs in the Philippines

  A Vietnamese-flagged cargo ship ran aground near the entrance of Legazpi City Port on Monday causing damage to coral reefs, the Philippines Coast Guard reports. The 4,532 gross ton MV Ocean 03 ran aground approximately 900 yards from the entrance of Legazpi City Port as it maneuvered into Albay Gulf, the Coast Guard said in a statement released Wednesday. Coral … [Read more...]

Two Killed, One Injured in Crewmember Attack Off Philippines

Two Chinese seafarers have died and a third was critically injured after being attacked by another crewmember aboard a bulk carrier. The exact details of the incident are unclear, but according reports the Philippine Coast Guard was called to provide medical assistance for crewmembers of the MV Qing May, which requested to dock Sunday morning at Zamboanga City in the … [Read more...]