Boxing Fight May Have Caused Ship to Run Aground

Published May 11, 2011 3:37 PM by The Maritime Executive


Officials are blaming human error for the accidental grounding of a cargo ship off the coast of Sarangani province in the southern Philippines last Sunday.

The Australian cargo ship, MV DOUBLE PROSPERITY, loaded with coal, was on its way to India when it ran aground just 2.6 miles from shore in the shallow waters of the protected coral reefs.

Officials speculate that the crew ventured closer to shore in an attempt to get a better satellite signal and a clearer television picture to watch the boxing match between Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao and American start Shane Mosley.

The local Coast Guard is investigating the incident, but has indicated their initial findings point to human error as the cause of the accident.  Local officials continue to monitor the vessel for leaks. A high tide is expected over the weekend, and officials hope it will be enough to free the disabled ship.