The ferry LCT Navistar with 78 passengers on board ran aground at Escalante port in Negros Island, Philippines. The vessel was maneuvering for berthing and approaching the pier, when hardly stuck at mud shallow. The crew was unable to refloat the vessel by own power and reported the accident to the local authorities and Coast Guard. At the scene were dispatched rescue boats, which assisted with evacuation of the passengers. All the people were taken to the shore without reported injuries. The ferry LCT Navistar remained stuck at the shallow with unknown condition and status, but there was no reported breaches and oil leaks.
The ship is expected to be refloated at high tide, but after special survey and underwater inspection. The area around the grounded ferry is under monitoring, as the accident happened close to the shore. The investigation for the root cause of the accident is under way.
The ferry LCT Navistar (IMO: 9099377) has overall length of 50.00 m, moulded beam of 16.00 m and maximum draft of 3.00 m. The gross tonnage of the ship is 388 GRT. The vessel was built in 1996 and operated under the flag of Philippines. The owner and operator of the ferry is local company Golden Bridge Shipping.