Oliver Bugarin 2 0 0 3 min to read

After a ship hits a reef, MARINA suspends the safety certificate.

The merchant vessel OceanJet 168’s passenger ship safety certificate (PSSC) has been suspended by the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) since the ship was damaged after it ran aground on a coral reef on its way from Bohol to Siquijor.

The agency said in a statement on Monday that the letter of suspension was signed by Emmanuel Carpio, director of MARINA Central Visayas, on Saturday due to damage to the ship’s starboard side propeller.

By Administrative Order No. 11-19 or the Guidelines on the Suspension of Safety Certificates and Issuance of Lifting Orders of Ships involved in Maritime Casualties and Incidents; MARINA MC No. 152 and PMMRR 1997; Republic Act No. 9295 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations in relation to the Ship Survey System, the PSSC of MV OceanJet 168 is hereby suspended.

The suspension is anticipated to continue until MARINA issues a lift order following a careful examination and assessment of the ship’s seaworthiness.

One of Ocean Fast Ferries Inc.’s (OFFI) biggest ships, the MV OceanJet 168, is operated by the company.

The ship can accommodate 357 passengers across 87 open-air seats, 230 “tourist class” seats, and 40 seats in business class.

The owner and operator of several fast ships (rapid passenger boats) that travel on routes in Luzon and Visayas are OFFI, formerly known as Socor Shipping Line.

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