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32 ships transport goods, passengers to Odette-hit areas

  • The Maritime Industry Authority has so far authorized 32 ships to carry relief goods to and transport passengers in areas severely affected by Typhoon Odette
  • MARINA renewed the call for more domestic owners and ship operators to apply for special permits in areas most in need of resources
  • MARINA assured it will prioritize processing of special permits
  • 11 ships are now serving Surigao and Southern Leyte, and 20 others authorized to resume operations

The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) has so far authorized 32 ships to carry relief goods to and transport passengers in various areas severely affected by typhoon Odette.

MARINA administrator Robert Empedrad renewed his call for more domestic owners and ship operators to apply for special permits in areas most in need of resources, adding that MARINA will prioritize processing of such applications.

In Surigao and in Southern Leyte, at least 12 ships are now serving these routes:

  • MV Reina Veronica for Surigao Port to Dinagat Islands and vice versa
  • MV Reina Magdalena for Surigao City to Dapa, Siargao and vice versa
  • MV Precious Ferry for Surigao City to Dapa, Siargao and vice versa
  • MV Sean Ferry 2 for Surigao City to Dapa, Siargao and vice versa
  • MV Adrian Jude for Liloan, Southern Leyte to Nasipit, Agusan del Norte Port and vice-versa
  • MV Starlite Pioneer from Cebu Port to Surigao Port and vice versa
  • MV Fast Cat M14 from Southern Leyte to Opol, Misamis Oriental and vice versa
  • MV Fast Cat M7 for Liloan Southern Leyte to Opol, Misamis Oriental and vice versa
  • MV Fast Cat M6 from Dumaguete, Negros Oriental – Dapitan Zamboanga del Norte and vice versa
  • LCT Star Area from Port of Samar to Southern Leyte and vice versa
  • Barge Big Grace from Vista to Port of Surigao and vice versa
  • MV Reiseschatz for Surigao Port to Dinagat Islands and vice versa

“We expect that five more ships will serve Surigao and its various islands once they have complied with safety requirements following inspection and audit undertaken by our maritime safety engineers in our Regional Office in Surigao City which is temporarily being housed as its Extension Office in Butuan City,” Empedrad said.

Meanwhile, the following ships have also been authorized to resume their operations and urged to prioritize carriage of relief goods from various donors:

  • MV Trans Asia 20 for Batangas Port to Bogo, Cebu via Culasi, Roxas City, Capiz and vice versa
  • MV Starlite Saturn for Cebu Port, Cebu City to Nasipit, Agusan Del Norte and vice versa
  • MV Filipinas Cebu for Nasipit, Agusan del Norte to Cebu and vice versa
  • MV Filipinas Butuan for Nasipit, Agusan del Norte to Jagna, Bohol and vice versa
  • MV Fast Cat M10 from Dumaguete, Negros Oriental – Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte and vice versa
  • MV Fast Cat M6 from Dumaguete, Negros Oriental – Dapitan Zamboanga del Norte and and vice versa
  • MV Royal Seal 3 for Port of Adjong, Sibulan, Negros Oriental to Port of Liloan Santander, Cebu and vice versa
  • MV 2GO Masagana for Manila – Cebu – Nasipit – Manila and vice versa;
  • MV 2GO Maligaya for Manila – Cebu – Cagayan de Oro – Manila/ Manila – Iloilo – Bacolod – Manila
  • MV Saint Michael the Archangel for Manila – Dumaguete – Zamboanga and vice versa
  • MV Saint Therese of the Child Jesus for Manila – Bacolod – Iloilo – Cagayan de Oro – Iloilo – Manila and vice versa
  • MV Saint Francis Xavier for Manila – Dumaguete – Zamboanga – Manila and vice versa
  • MV Lady of Good Health – Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte – Cebu City vice versa.
  • MV Lady of Joy – Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte – Cebu City vice versa
  • MV Lite Ferry 5 – Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte – Samboan, Cebu vice versa
  • MV Lite Ferry 1 – Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte – Oslob, Cebu vice versa
  • MV Maria Josefa – is Dumaguete, Negros Oriental – Dapitan Zamboanga del Norte and vice versa
  • MV Reina Divina Gracia – Dumaguete, Negros Oriental – Dapitan Zamboanga del Norte and vice versa
  • MV Trisha Kerstin 1 – Dumaguete, Negros Oriental – Dapitan Zamboanga del Norte and and vice versa
  • MV Filipinas Surigao – Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte – Cebu City vice versa

MARINA assures the public, especially in areas affected by the typhoon, that it will continue to implement policies that will ease transport of goods and services nationwide.

The agency also encouraged the riding public to cooperate with safety measures implemented by MARINA and the national government to achieve zero maritime casualty.

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