By Marisol Bo-oc | 10:07 PM June 28, 2022
A malfunctioning exhaust fan in the engine room caused the fire on a ferry boat off Bohol province that killed at least one passenger on Sunday, a Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) official said.
Lieutenant Junior Grade Krysta Bergantin, spokesperson of the Philippine Coast Guard-Central Visayas, said that the captain of the ill-fated fast craft vessel MV Mama Mary Chloe already submitted its marine protest and mentioned the exhaust fan as the origin of the fire.
Bergantin said that PCG-CV’s marine casualty investigation still continues.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Louie Cundag, commander of the PCG in the town of Ubay, said MBCA Mama Mary Chloe captain Grace Cinco had filed his marine protest on Monday.
A “Marine Protest,” as defined under the Philippine Coast Guard Memorandum Circular 06-90, is a declaration on oath by the master, of the circumstances attending the damage or loss of his vessel, intended to show that the loss accrued by the perils of the sea, and conducting with the protestation against any liability of the owner to the freighters. It’s used and design is to authenticate the facts and circumstances of a loss to the insurer and all concerned.
At least one person died during the incident. He was identified as Adolfo Ranola, 57, a resident of Trinidad town, Bohol.
The fast craft vessel MV Mama Mary Chloe, which was carrying 157 passengers and crew members, left Ubay port at past 11 a. m. on Sunday to anchor at the town of Bato, Leyte.
The ship caught fire around 1 p. m. until it sank.