Did a 10 knot wind lead to the capsize of Superferry 9 off Zamboanga, Philippines, on 6 September this year? MAC is currently attempting to verify media reports that the vessel’s master, Joel Yap, told the Board of Marine Inquiry, BMI, that the 7,000 tonne vessel was struck by strong winds of ‘”10 knots”. At the moment it is unknown whether any clarification was requested.
It seems unlikely that winds of that speed would have any substantial effect on the vessel and it may be that Beaufort 10 was meant.
A 10 knot wind, equal to Beaufort 3, is “a gentle breeze” while Beaufort 10 is a storm or gale with winds of 48 knots to 55 knots.
Below is the makeup and schedule of the Board of Marine Inquiry, its purpose is to establish liability. No evidence is apparently being sought from Pagasa, the official meteorology service regarding weather conditions.
Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Leandro R Mendoza announced the creation of the Board of Marine Inquiry on September 8, 2009 in the light of the sinking of M/V Super Ferry 9 on September 6, 2009 at the coastal waters of Zamboanga Peninsula. The creation of BMI is pursuant to the directive of the Secretary of DOTC, the Philippine Merchant Marine Rules and Regulations and the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) dated 14 September 2005 entered into by the Philippine Coast Guard and the Maritime Industry Authority under Republic Act No. 9295.
The Board shall be composed of the following:
RADM ALEJANDRO N FLORA JR PCG
COMMO CECIL R CHEN PCG
Dir EMERSON LOPEZ (MARINA)
CAPT REYNOLD M SABAY MM
CAPT TOMAS B DAINO PN (Ret)
CHIEF ENGR RODELIO J LAGAT
CHIEF ENGR DIOSDADO G RAMOS
CDR RAMON B REBLORA PCG
Head of Secretariat
LCDR LAZARO ERNESTO M VALDEZ PCG
The Board of Marine Inquiry shall conduct an investigation for the purpose of achieving the following objectives:
a. Determine the cause(s) of incident.
b. Determine the administrative liabilities of ship owners, officers, and crew members of vessel involved in the marine accident, if there is any.
c. Recommend measures to prevent the occurrence of similar incidents.
BMI SCHEDULE OF HEARINGS
The schedule of BMI hearings is as follows:
September 14 – 15: Captain, Chief Mate, 3rd Mate, 2ND Mate and Duty AB
September 16 – 17: Chief Engineer, 2nd Engineer, 3rd Engineer, Duty Engineer
September 18 –19: DFA, Port Captain, Technical Superintendent, Safety Officer,
ABS Surveyor-auditor, Jerome M Manuel Services,
Mr. Jerome M Manuel
September 22 – 25: Survivors Ilo-ilo / Gensan
September 28 – October 02: MARINA / PCG Personnel
October 05 –08: Board Deliberation and Finalization of Report
October 09 : Submission of Report to the Commandant, PCG
October 12 : Submission of Report to DOTC