Date Posted: 9/8/2009
Author: Corporate Communications Desk
As of 7pm, ATS officially received the Marina order only today, September 8 at 8:05am. We have filed a motion for reconsideration (MR) with Marina and a supplemental order was received at 5:30pm allowing SF 1, 12 and 19 to complete their voyages and return to Manila.
Upon arrival of the said vessels in Manila, Marina Maritime Safety Office will conduct an audit of all compliance documents. If the vessels pass this audit, a reinspection and re-audit will be scheduled without affecting the sailing schedule.
If a vessel fails the document audit, that vessel will immediately be subjected to a technical inspection and onboard audit and will not be allowed to sail until all the deficiencies are corrected.
Our vessels will continue to trade until they are ordered to stop because they failed their respective safety inspections.
All 960 crew members and passengers have been accounted for. Regretfully, there were 9 fatalities. 11 names in the official manifest cannot be physically matched but we also have 11 persons rescued and physically accounted for, whose names are not in the manifest.
SuperFerry1 with 56 rescued passengers bound for Manila is estimated to arrive tomorrow, September 9 at 2pm.
SuperFerry will continue to care for the injured, repatriate the survivors based on their chosen mode of transport. Our teams are available in the various areas to receive the arriving passengers.
The insurance of the passengers and vessel are mandated by law. SuperFerry is a responsible corporate citizen and adheres strictly to all governing laws. We will continue to support and provide for the comfort of all our passengers until they are safely delivered to their destinations and are committed to assist the relatives and loved ones of those who perished in this event.
Please visit our website, www.superferry.com.ph for the list of passengers accounted for and the names of the casualties. You may also call our SuperFerry hotline, 528-7000 for inquiries.
We will update you as soon as we get more information.
Signed: Jess Supan, VP for Safety and Security
Entry Credit: http://www.superferry.com.ph/news