Cargo vessels collide in Oro

CAGAYAN de Oro City–Nassau-registered cargo vessel rammed a domestic ship at Macajalar Bay yesterday morning.

Chief petty officer Alfredo Aquino of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), in an interview at the site where the probe is ongoing, identified the domestic vessel as M/V Sko. It was rammed by the ship M/V Cordoba Carrier.

M/V Sko was already docked at berth 11 of the Port of Cagayan de Oro since Thursday when M/V Cordoba Carrier sideswiped its starboard at about 6:20 a.m. yesterday, causing it to run aground.
Tugboats were forced to tow the ship to deeper waters so it would not capsized.

Aquino, PCG Cagayan de Oro assistant station commander, said that M/V Sko was carrying 400 metric tons of corn and was supposed to unload its cargo when the collision occurred.

No one was hurt in the incident and investigation is still going on whether there was liability for any of both crews of M/V Sko and M/V Cordoba Carrier.

At the time, M/V Cordoba Carrier was carrying a crew of 21 persons, including five Russians, when the incident occurred. Its captain was also Russian although PCG investigators could not yet get his name was of presstime.

The M/V Cordoba Carrier was enroute from Japan to Cagayan de Oro City and was supposed to load banana raw and processed products from a fruit canning company M/V Cordoba Carrier sustained a perforation in its forward hull.

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