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Bacolod City, Philippines Saturday, January 27, 2018
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Ocean Jet seeks
permit to navigate

Officials of Ocean Jet 7 involved in a sea mishap Wednesday, are requesting the Maritime Industry Authority in Region 6 to issue a special permit to navigate so they can send the fastcraft to Cebu for inspection and dry docking, Lt. Jimmy Oliver Vingno, head of the Philippine Coast Guard-Bacolod Station, said yesterday.

Once the permit to navigate is issued, the PCG will allow them to sail, he said.

The MARINA suspended on Thursday the safety certificate of Ocean Jet 7 after it hit the dock of Bacolod Real Estate Development Corp. port, and 40 of its passengers felt dizzy, and some sustained minor injuries.

Vingno said all the passengers brought to the hospital have already been released.

The 40 were among the 238 passengers of the fastcraft plying the Iloilo to Bacolod route, on its last trip, when the incident happened, Vingno said.

The MARINA will also conduct an inspection and if the Ocean Jet 7 passes it, it will be issued a Certificate of Seaworthiness and will be allowed to sail again, Vingno said.

On the part of the PCG, they will ensure that all the requirements are complied with and they will also conduct Emergency Readiness Evaluation to the crew of the vessel to test their preparedness in handing emergency situations, Vingno said.

This was also an offshoot of the investigation of PCG, where a passenger claimed that the captain did not inform them that the vessel was about to hit the dock, Vingno said.

The captain should have notified the passengers in a subtle way that the throttle malfunctioned and they will be hitting the dock, he said.

The Ocean Jet 7 also experienced a sudden unintended acceleration and 14 of its passengers, suffering dizziness were brought to the hospital on September 28, 2017.*SGG



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