MV MANFEL CARRIER II w/ unknown number of Crew Member run aground at the vicinity of Brgy. Binalayan East probably 100m away from the shoreline. Photo from Maripipi PNP
MV MANFEL CARRIER II w/ unknown number of Crew Member run aground at the vicinity of Brgy. Binalayan East probably 100m away from the shoreline. Photo from Maripipi PNP

BiliranIsland.com Staff
BiliranIsland.com
First Posted 19:15:00 08/27/2016
Last Updated 22:20:00 08/28/2016

MARIPIPI, Biliran (Updated) – A registered cargo ship ran aground in Maripipi last August 27, 2016.

MV Manfel Carrier II has a gross tonnage of 488.5 was carrying 34,000 cement bags. It was traveling from Naga City bound to Tacloban City.

MV Manfel II. Photo by Ecole Gaviola
MV Manfel II. Photo by Ecole Gaviola

According to PInsp Marlon Acuin, OIC of Maripipi, the vessel was drifting in Maripipi waters, 100 meters east of Brgy. Binalayan.

PO1 Ceniza and PO1 Bernardes were the first respondents. The Philippine Coast Guard had been notified.

Capt. Rodrigo Sebastian O. Rillero was invited to the Maripipi police station for questioning.

The deliberate decision to strand the boat is not an unhappy accident rather it was a mastery of the ship handling. Initial reports claimed that the Chief Mate of MV Manfel Carrier II noticed that the port ballast tank had a hole. The captain then decided to strand her deliberately in order to prevent further damage. The point of impact based on their GPS was at MGRS 4597295754 near Tagsipol Island.

Tagasipol Island
Tagasipol Island

As of this date August 27, 2016 at 9:30pm, all the crew members are safe. Four of the crew were rescued by another vessel MV John Dexter heading to Calbayog and then brought back to Maripipi Island in good physical and mental condition.

The following are the crew of MV Manfel Carrier II.

Crew List of MV MANFELCARRIER II
1. Rodrigo Sebastian O. Rillero – Captain – Baguio City
2. Erwel Rodriguez – Chief Mate – Gingoog City, Mizamis
3. Joey Abejero
4. Jherson Pelahiyao – Leganes, Iloilo
5. Tricky John Baybado – Tondo, Manila
6. Ritchel Alejan – Iloilo
7. Jerwyn Villegaz
8. Francis Danao – Narra, Palawan
9. Rogelio Damiles Jr –
10. Romeo Sarsona – Bato, Leyte
11. Edwin Cejalvo – Iloilo City
12. Rixon Tan – Hinatuan, Surigao Del Sur
13. Joey Tumanda – Antipolo City
14. Christian Moleño – Negross Occidental
15. Valeriano Trofeo – Cebu city
16. Xyrus Murata – Manila
17. Almer Sampiano – Iloilo City
18. Renato Valledor – Palawan.

 

The Captain and the Chief Mate are traveling to Tacloban City to personally file a report at the Coast Guard Regional Headquarters.

MV Manfel II. Photo by Marielle Sandra Tresvalles Gaviola
MV Manfel II. Photo by Marielle Sandra Tresvalles Gaviola

There were no reports of an oil spill. As of now, the authorities are investigating the place of accident to assess the possible environmental damage that it had caused. – BiliranIsland.com

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