The ferry Manila Bay 1 caught fire at the port of Mandanue, Philippines. The vessel was docked at the berth, preparing to depart on a voyage to Manila, when the crew noticed smoke from the engine room. It was estimated that fire broke out from short circuit in the electrical cables. The accident was reported to the local authorities and at the scene of the accident was dispatched firefighting team from Mandaue City Fire Station. All the people on board were evacuated to the terminal and accounted without reporting any injuries. The fire was completely extinguished quickly after ensure the safety of the people on board.
The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the accident. There is no report about injuries and water pollution. The damages from the fire will be assessed by the crew and firefighters, but ship cancelled the next voyage and will return in service just after full inspection.
The ferry Manila Bay 1 (IMO: 7326609) has overall length of 162.00 m, moulded beam of 21.65 m and maximum draft of 7.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 3,180 DWT and the gross tonnage is 15,771 GRT. The ferry was built in 1973 by Koyo Dockyard in Mihara, Japan. The owner and operator of Manila Bay 1 is the ferry operator Gothong Lines.