Date Posted: 9/11/2009
Author: Corporate Communications Desk
As of 6:30pm, 964 crew members and passengers have been accounted for. Regretfully, there are 10 fatalities. 7 names in the official manifest cannot be physically matched but we also have 7 persons rescued and physically accounted for, whose names are not in the manifest.
SuperFerry has already repatriated 801 rescued passengers and 123 crew from rescue sites and Zamboanga city to their respective desired destinations. 15 rescued passengers are scheduled to be repatriated and 15 rescued passengers are still being treated in various hospitals.
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 search and rescue operations are still ongoing. Philippine Coast Guard's BRP Corregidor & BRP Davao del Norte are still onsite as well as for environmental protection/oil spill monitoring.
The Marina Maritime Safety Office is conducting an audit of all compliance documents for all our vessels. If the vessels pass this audit, a re-inspection and re-audit will be scheduled without affecting the sailing schedule. If the vessels fail the document audit, that vessels will immediately be subjected to a technical inspection and onboard audit and will not be allowed to sail until all the deficiencies are corrected. All documents and audit findings regarding the inspection will come from Marina.
In compliance to MARINA requirement, SuperFerry has cancelled the voyages that are affected by the ongoing inspection. Future voyages not affected are still open in the system for selling.
ATS has not stopped operations. Our freighters are sailing and carrying cargo.
Our RoPax vessels are undergoing Marina inspection. We are confident that we will complete all SuperFerries by early next week and the the rest of the ships by end of next week
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: www.superferry.com.ph