CEBU, PHILIPPINES – The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) will issue show cause orders (SCOs) to MV Eastern Endeavour and LCT Poseidon 29 that have been involved in a collision abeam Shell Island, Mactan, Cebu on Saturday evening, 12 January 2019.
MV Eastern Endeavour is a 6,269 gross tonnage (GT) general cargo vessel operating the overseas trade under Eastern Shipping Services, Inc. based in Manila, while LCT Poseidon 29 is a 965 GT cargo vessel operating at the domestic trade under Concrete Solutions, Inc. based in Tacloban City.
Initial reports revealed that the Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS) in Cebu radioed the inbound vessel MV Eastern Endeavour while it was transiting along the Cebu-Mactan Channel abeam Shell Island, informing its crew that an outbound vessel LCT Poseidon 29 was transiting southbound.
On this condition, the MV Eastern Endeavour has requested a port-to-port passage with LCT Poseidon 29, advising the latter to maneuver and stay on hard port rudder to increase its Closest Point of Approach (CPA). But due to the close proximity between the involved vessels, a collision occurred.
Despite the incident, all crew members were reported to be injured-free. At around 9:42 pm of the same day, the MV Eastern Endeavour has safety berthed at the Cebu International Port, while LCT Poseidon 29 was anchored at the Talisay Anchorage area.
To date, the MARINA is closely coordinating with the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the Cebu Port Authority (CPA) to improve the operation of Cebu’s VTMS to avoid the occurrence of similar maritime accidents in the future.