Vessel with 379 passengers onboard catches fire off Philippines


A passenger ship of Trans Asia shipping company with 379 people onboard caught fire while it was sailing from Ozamiz City to Cebu province.

M/V Trans Asia 2 was floating 2,4 n.m. off the coast of Balicasag Island in Bohol province when the vessel’s captain, Rudy Verba noticed that a thick smoke was coming out from the starboard main engine of the passenger ship.

Capt. Verba commented that he instantly ordered his men to stop the ship to prevent further damage and to check the condition of the vessel’s engine.

Capt. Rudy Verba also told that upon further inspection they found out that the smoke was coming from a defective exhaust manifold. He then sought the help of CGS-Cebu so that they could keep sailing their route.

CGS – Cebu’s Search and Rescue Ship helped Trans Asia 2 until it reached Berth 14 of the Port of Cebu.

CGS-Cebu commented that the vessel was carrying a total of 379 people, 342 of which were adults, 25 were kids and twelve infants. The passenger vessel also carried various cargoes.

In Cebu, Marina inspectors made further inspection and tested the main engines of the passenger vessel.






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