Sunken Ship Forces Trans-Asia to Suspend All Ship Operations
After the sinking of MV Asia Malaysia over the weekend off the coast of Iloilo, all cargo and passenger vessels of Trans-Asia Shipping Lines were barred from operation for one week pending inspections and completion of additional safety requirements.
The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) was instructed to temporarily suspend all of Trans-Asia’s vessels while sea-worthiness tests and inspections are conducted on all ships. The procedures undergone will be an International Safety Management Code audit and re-inspection expected to be finished within a week.
The Philippine Coast Guard has also started its probe into the sinking and is providing additional support in expediting these investigations. If necessary, they will also accompany the vessels during their voyage to guarantee the safety of passengers. The Coast Guard will conduct an additional check to confirm Trans-Asia’s vessel line passes international standards.
PHOTO CAPTION: The Trans-Asia 3 in Cebu Port
The company is said to lose up to P20 million per day with the suspension of its eight remaining passenger vessels and one cargo vessel, but is not unwilling to comply with any orders given.
Trans-Asia management was also ordered to submit their written explanation of the incident within 72 hours or they will face revocation of their Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC).
For information on the sinking of MV Asia Malaysia, click here.