Sep 142009
 

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.

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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:

Chairman

RADM ALEJANDRO N FLORA JR PCG

Vice Chairmen

COMMO CECIL R CHEN PCG

Dir EMERSON LOPEZ (MARINA)

Members

CAPT REYNOLD M SABAY MM

CAPT TOMAS B DAINO PN (Ret)

CHIEF ENGR RODELIO J LAGAT

CHIEF ENGR DIOSDADO G RAMOS

Law Member

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
Duty Motorman

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

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