The fast ferry St Braquiel collided with barge in Macatan Channel off Cebu, Philippines. The ferry was about to cross the Mactan Channel in Lapu-Lapu City, en route from Ormoc to Cebu, when it collided with a barge in the night hours, after the barge reportedly did not have any lights or AIS. The collision strong that it injured most of the passengers aboard the ferry, which also suffered water ingress. All the 90 passengers and 11 crew were evacuated to a sister ship St Jhudiel, but it was understood that 45 people suffered slight injuries and another 4 were hospitalized with more serious injuries. Fortunately all of them are safe and in stable condition.
“When we say collision, two vessels are moving. As of now, the only thing that we established is the passenger vessel was about to dock here in Cebu”, said the commander of Philippine Coast Guard Cebu Station, Dionlett Ampil. “St Braquiel, which came from Ormoc City, was heading towards the port in Cebu City when it hit a barge owned by SMC that was being pulled by a tugboat”, added he.
The ferry is damages and suffered water ingress, but there is no additional details about her seaworthiness. The local authorities initiated investigation for the root cause of the accident.
The fast ferry St Braquiel (IMO: 9135705) has overall length of 28.00 m, moulded beam of 9.20 m and maximum draft of 1.50 m. The deadweight of the ship is 18 DWT and the gross tonnage is 188 GRT. The ship was built in 1996 by Lindstols Skips and Baatbyggeri in the shipyard in Rison, Norway.