Is Sulpicio Lines really a floating “coffin”?

The continues news about sinking ships and vessels really saddens me. Thousand of lives were being sacrificed and their family lives in sorrow and pain. The M/V Princess of the Stars are the third ship of Sulpicio lines who sank and gave another point to our tragic worst sinking history.

MV Princess of the Stars
MV Princess of the Stars

On June 21, 2008 at the height of Typhoon Frank, M/V Princess of the stars was being capsized in Sibuyan Island near San Fernando, Romblom. The passengers is variously reported between 700 to 800. Out of this number, only 48 survivors confirmed.

MV Dona Paz
MV Dona Paz

More than 20 years ago, the world’s worst ferry disaster happened. The sinking of MV Dona Paz whe it was collided with a small oil tanker, the Vector, which was carrying 8,800 barrels of petroleum products. It happened on December 20, 1987.

The official death toll on the ferry is 1,565 although some reports claim that the ferry was overcrowded and that the true death toll at least 4,341.

After less than a year, on October 24, 1988, the sinking of another of Sulpicio Lines‘ inter-island ferry boat MV Doña Marilyn came as Typhoon Ruby, swept through the Philippines.

Doña Marilyn had been carrying 451 passengers and 67 crew members.

Authorities pointed to overloading as the cause of the sinking of Doña Marilyn which reportedly killed over 70 people.

MV Princess of the Orient
MV Princess of the Orient

After more than a decade, another Sulpicio LIne vessel sank, this time it is the M/V Princess of the Orient near Fortune Island in Batangas resulted in the death of 70 people. Eighty remained missing.

Last July 7, 2005, More than 200 passengers were onboard M/V Princess of the World when it caught fire near the Zamboanga peninsula on July 7, 2005. Fortunately all of them were rescued from the burning vessel.

Within this year, Incidents of sea tragedies shocked us all. Last November 4, MB Don Dexter Cathlyn capsized due to a freak accident – it was hit by a high wind despite fair weather and calm waters. The incident killed 42 lives.

With these death tolls, how can we be sure that we are safe taking the sea transportation again? Are we boarding a floating “coffin”?


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