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2Go Travels Press Release on the Sunken m/v St. Thomas Aquinas

Official Statement No. 2

August 18, 2013 as of 8:21pm

Alongside 2GO Group's ongoing search and rescue operations, the company is also addressing and containing the oil spill coming from the sunken m/v St. Thomas Aquinas by flying in global oil spill experts to professionally handle the situation in the Lawis Ledge in Talisay, Cebu as part of the company's commitment to the environment.



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On Aug. 17, the day after the ship sank, 2GO Group deployed two Malayan towage tugboats at the site to contain an anticipated oil spill. One of the tugboats is properly equipped with machineries, materials and supplies against oil spills such as the 400 meter oil spill boom, including oil skimmer; solvent boom pads to absorb oils from the water surface; 4 bales of booms and pads and drums of chemical dispersants. In short, 2GO is taking all steps to contain any possible oil spills from the ship's sinking.

The company is also flying in four Japanese technical divers to augment its own complement and local divers from the Philippine Navy and the Coast Guard. A Japanese salvage master is being flown in to help expertly contain the spill. This Japanese salvage master has helped in massive global oil spills. In addition, an expert from the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation Limited (ITOPF) will also be flying in to Cebu to help assess the situation.

2GO is taking this pro-active stance to ensure that the St. Thomas Aquinas' sinking will not aggravate in any way the marine ecosystem of Talisay and other water bodies in Cebu.

The ferry had 20,000 liters of diesel fuel and 120,000 liters of bunker or crude fuel in the ship's fuel tank and 20,000 liters of lube oil that were being used by the engines when it was running.

M/V St. Thomas Aquinas carried mostly agricultural products from Mindanao since the vessel came from Surigao and Nasipit port. There were no cargos marked as "Dangerous Goods".

2go Travel Ship Collided With A Cargo Ship August 2013

Saturday, August 17, 2013


CEBU CITY -- A ship that carried more than 700 passengers, including 55 infants, sank off the coast of Talisay City in Cebu after colliding with a cargo vessel Friday evening, killing at least 17 people.

Rescue operations were ongoing as of 3 a.m. Saturday, August 17, but authorities confirmed at least 17 people dead despite efforts by rescue teams and local fishermen to save as many passengers as they could.


Fourteen of the fatalities were brought to the Cosmopolitan Funeral Homes at Junquera St., Cebu City around 2 a.m. One of them was identified as Jonathan Ariel Cubaral based on the identification card recovered from the victim’s wallet.

Some of the dead were brought to Cebu City’s pier area, while others were declared dead in the Talisay City District Hospital and the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in this city. Among five bodies brought to the Cebu City pier, two still wore life jackets.

Coast Guard Cebu Station Commander Weniel Azcuna told radio dyHP that 2Go Shipping’s passenger vessel, the M/V Saint Thomas Aquinas, sank within 15 minutes after the collision.

The vessel was heading for a stopover in Cebu, on its way to Manila, when it collided with M/V Sulpicio Express Siete, which was bound for Davao.

The accident occurred near Lawis Ledge off Talisay, where several vessels have previously run aground, including a passenger ship late last February whose 360 passengers got stranded at sea for four hours.

Around midnight, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and other agencies searched the dark waters off Talisay for passengers and crew. The 2Go ship captain, identified as certain Captain Bermejo, was reportedly among those rescued.

17 dead as 2 vessels collide off Cebu
CEBU. One of the fatalities in the collision off Cebu was brought to the Cosmopolitan Funeral Homes in Cebu City. Authorities are still identifying the fatalities and the survivors after a passenger vessel collided with a cargo ship Friday evening, August 16, 2013. (Jhover Ybanez)

Distress call

Azcuna said the Coast Guard received a call from the captain of the 2Go vessel at 9 p.m., asking for immediate help.

One of the survivors, Aldrin Rahman, told reporters that their vessel had left Nasipit in Butuan City at 12 p.m. They were scheduled to dock in Cebu for a stopover at 9 p.m.

But the vessel violently halted before it could reach Cebu’s port, before 10 p.m.

Rahman recalled that the ship then started sinking, causing the passengers to panic. Some jumped off the boat without putting on life jackets.

An ANCAlerts tweet, quoting the Coast Guard headquarters in Manila, said the 2Go vessel sank in a depth of 144 meters.

Reporters saw Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III checking on the survivors in the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center, while Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama went to the pier area to get updates on the search.

The Saint Thomas Aquinas vessel carried 723 passengers, said Waterfront Police Chief Waldemar Tiu.

The Sulpicio Express cargo vessel had 36 crew members and officials.

Through the help of fishermen from Sitio Salvador, Barangay Tanke in Talisay City, an unconfirmed number of passengers were rescued while they bobbed in the waves.

Passenger survives collision at sea
CEBU. Residents in a coastal barangay in Talisay City volunteer to attend to an unidentified passenger, while the search continued at sea for the more than 700 passengers aboard the M/V St. Thomas Aquinas and the crew of the cargo vessel Sulpicio Express 7. (Alan Tangcawan)
Jumped

More than 10 pump boats rushed to the sea and picked up passengers.

At least 64 passengers were brought to the Talisay City district hospital.

Car owners who heard initial reports about the accident rushed to the Cebu City pier and Talisay’s coastal communities to offer to bring survivors to the hospitals.

Another survivor, Jessica Varquez, 43, recalled the moment of impact.

“Niuyog ang barko, kusog kaayo. Nag-panic na dayon ang mga pasahero (The vessel shook violently and the passengers began to panic),” she said.

Vasquez said she and her nephew Jiecel, 18, immediately picked up life vests and jumped into the water while the vessel began to tilt.

“Niambak na lang mi nga wa sa among hunahuna kung mabuhi pa ba mi o mamatay (We jumped. We didn’t know whether we would survive or die),” she said.

Vasquez survived almost unscathed.

“Hapit na gyud ta mi maabot. Nahitabo pa gyud ang disgrasya (We were so close to the port, and then disaster struck),” she said.

Vasquez told Sun.Star Cebu she was supposed to visit her daughter in Barangay Yati, Liloan for the fiesta celebration.

Another survivor Mildred Lumapas, two months pregnant, said she heard a loud bang before the 2Go passenger vessel sank.

Lumapas was rescued by the fishermen in Kilawan, Tanke along with nine other survivors, namely: Domingo Mantilla of Butuan; Janley Ellera of San Juan, Bayugan; Gemma Domino of Alipay, Hinoog City; Glenda Abanella of Quezon City; Florenda Maghuyop of Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte; Rosanna Lamanilao of Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte; Normeley Sombreo of Surigao, Agusan Del Norte; Gloria Cabudbod of Bato, Leyte; and a boy.

For Pelarazem Bacor, 22, of Gingoog, Misamis Oriental, survival brought little relief.

First trip

It was his first time to board a ship. He still hasn’t found his mother, who got carried away when a herd of passengers began running for safety.

Bacor and his mother were headed to Dumaguete City to visit his aunt, who was about to celebrate her birthday.

The survivors were brought to the chapel in Sitio Salvador in Talisay, where they received treatment from medical personnel and clothes from residents.

In Barangay Cansojong, also in Talisay City, about 13 passengers of the 2Go passenger vessel were rescued by the Bantay Dagat and local fishermen.

At least 20 other survivors were rescued separately in Tanke, said Talisay City Vice Mayor Romeo Villarante.

One of the survivors, Adela Guevara, said the ship’s crew didn’t alarm them nor distribute life jackets while the ship was sinking. She and her four-year-old son were forced to jump off the ship.

They both survived, along with a group of six passengers. (DSM/JKV/With JAC and LRM/Sun.Star Cebu/Sunnex)

Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/local-news/2013/08/17/2-vessels-collide-298314

2Go Travel Ship Collided with Passenger Vessel

Friday, August 16, 2013
CEBU CITY (8th Update) -- A passenger vessel sank off Talisay City, Cebu after colliding with a cargo vessel Friday evening, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) reported.
Coast Guard station commander Weniel Azcuna said they received the distress call around 9 p.m. Friday, adding that rescue operation is ongoing.
He said the vessels involved are M/V Saint Thomas Aquinas of 2Go Travel bound for Cebu from Nasipit, Agusan del Norte, and M/V Sulpicio Express 7, which is bound for Davao.
Azcuna said the PCG dispatched a rescue team to the area. He said the Philippine Navy also sent its personnel, while some commercial vessels are helping in the ongoing rescue operation.
Waterfront Police Chief Inspector Wildemar Tiu said 644 adults, 24 minors, and 55 infants were onboard M/V Saint Thomas Aquinas, for a total of 723 passengers. The skipper of the ship was Captain Bermejo.
M/V Sulpicio Express Siete, on the other hand, had 36 crew, initial reports said.
As of this posting, some survivors are already in Talisay City, while others were brought to the Cebu City port area. Others were rushed to the Talisay City District Hospital and Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center.
Some of them said they were given life jackets, and tugboats were inflated but it was too dark at sea.
Adela Guevarra, one of the passengers, said she and her son, 4, were forced to jump to the sea as M/V St. Thomas Aquinas sank.
Another survivor said some children and elders might still be trapped inside the passenger vessel.
Mildred Lumapas, two-months pregnant, said she heard a loud bang after the cargo ship collided with the 2Go Travel vessel.
She said it only took 10 minutes before the M/V Saint Thomas Aquinas sank.
Lumapas was rescued by the fisherfolk of Kilawan, Tangke along nine other survivors, namely: Domingo Mantilla of Butuan; Janley Ellera of San Juan, Bayugan; Gemma Domino of Alipay, Hinoog City; Glenda Abanella of Quezon City; Florenda Maghuyop of Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte; Rosanna Lamanilao of Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte; Normeley Sombreo of Surigao, Agusan Del Norte; Gloria Cabudbod of Bato, Leyte; and a boy.
Lumapas said she already called her mother about what happened.
Other survivors said they were given life jackets, and tugboats were inflated but it was too dark at sea.
Adela Guevarra, one of the passengers, said she and her son, 4, were forced to jump to the sea as M/V St. Thomas Aquinas sank.
Another survivor said some children and elders might still be trapped inside the passenger vessel.
Perla Cabanes, captain of Barangay Tangke in Talisay City, said they immediately reached the shore in search for survivors after receiving reports of the collision.
A rescuer of the Basak Pardo Emergency Response team said Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama told them to bring the survivors to the City Hall.
More than 30 survivors were also housed in Sitio Salvador chapel.
The M/V Saint Thomas Aquinas is 138 meters in length and 22 meters wide. It has a gross tonnage of 11,405 and with maximum recorded speed of 17.3 knots.
The M/V Sulpicio Express Siete, on the other hand, is a general cargo ship that was built in 1981. It is 146 meters in length and 21 meters wide, with maximum recorded speed of 5.8 knots. (LRM/JAC/Sunnex)
 Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/breaking-news/2013/08/16/passenger-cargo-vessels-collide-cebu-298256

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