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MV Vienna Wood incident
« on: July 01, 2020, 02:33:53 AM »
Administrator's note: See also F/B Gem-Ver

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Mindoro sea collision to be resolved under PH admiralty laws
By Azer Parrocha  June 29, 2020, 4:20 pmShare 

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1107365

MANILA – The collision between a Philippine fishing boat and a Hong Kong-flagged cargo vessel off the coast of Occidental Mindoro will be resolved under the country’s admiralty laws because the incident happened in Philippine territorial waters.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this remark after the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) disclosed that Hong Kong-registered bulk carrier vessel, MV Vienna Wood collided with local fishing vessel FV Liberty 5 on Sunday which resulted in at least 14 Filipinos gone missing.

“This is an issue of Philippine admiralty law because the collision occurred in Philippine territorial waters,” Roque said in a virtual presser on Monday.

Roque, a lawyer, said that because the incident happened in Philippine waters, international law will not apply.

“There is no international law application here other than foreign flagships can sail through under the concept of innocent passage but as far as accountability is concerned, mga Pilipino po magdedesisyon diyan dahil ang bangaan po ay nangyari sa ating karagatan (Filipinos will make the decision because the collision took place in our sea),” he said.

Meanwhile, Roque said the sea mishap will have no implication on the relationship between the Philippines and China as well as other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean).

“Ang rules ng banggaan sa karagatan, parehong-pareho po ‘yan ng rules sa ina-apply pag may banggaan sa kalye. So wala naman pong malaking implikasyon ‘yan, banggaan lang po ‘yan (The rules of collisions at seat are the same as rules being applied if there are collisions in the streets. There the collision has no huge implication, it’s just a collision),” he said.

In the recently-concluded 36th annual Asean summit, President Rodrigo Duterte enjoined the other Asean members to look for “innovative” ways to resolve the long-standing disputes in the resource-rich South China Sea.

PCG spokesperson Commodore Armand Balilo said the foreign cargo vessel was sailing to Australia from Subic, while the fishing boat, which departed from Cagayan de Oro and Tawi-Tawi, was on its way to the Navotas Fish Port when the collision happened at 1 a.m.

Coast Guard District Commander for Southern Tagalog Commodore Leovegildo Panopio said the PCG “held” in the custody the foreign vessel and its crew “because they have a liability.”

He said MV Vienna would be brought in the PCG’s Batangas headquarters on Monday.

In June 2019, Filipino fishing boat Gem-Ver 1, also from Occidental Mindoro, was rammed by a Chinese vessel at Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea.

A total of 22 Filipino fishermen from San Jose, Occidental Mindoro were subsequently rescued by a Vietnamese vessel and later transferred to a Philippine Navy ship. (PNA)
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Re: MV Vienna Wood incident
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2020, 01:33:54 AM »
China offers help to Philippines in sea collision probe: Chinese Embassy
Source: Xinhua| 2020-06-30 20:53:49|Editor: huaxia

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-06/30/c_139178434.htm

MANILA, June 30 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese Embassy in Manila on Tuesday offered to help the Philippines investigate the collision between a Philippine fishing boat and a Hong Kong-flagged cargo vessel off Occidental Mindoro province, south of Manila, before midnight on Saturday.

In a statement, the Embassy expressed "shock and sadness" over the accident that resulted in the sinking of the boat with 12 Filipino fishermen and two passengers on board.

"This is a tragic accident. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the missing crew members and passengers," the statement read.

"We sincerely hope (that) all of them could be rescued at the earliest," the statement said, adding the Embassy is "ready to render any necessary assistance."

Meantime, the Embassy stressed the need to focus on rescuing the missing people and "refrain from politicizing the issue" pending the investigation.

The Embassy issued the appeal after a few Philippine media reports liken Saturday's collision to a June 10, 2019 collision in the South China Sea that also involved a fishing boat and a Chinese vessel.

"China has been working closely with the Philippine side to solve the case," the Embassy said, adding that "the concerned Chinese fishing association has already offered a compensation proposal to the Philippine side."

"In the spirit of cooperation and friendship, we believe the incident will be solved in a proper manner," the Embassy said.

Philippine Coast Guard commandant Vice Admiral George Ursabia told reporters on Tuesday that Saturday's collision was "definitely" an accident, saying he believes that the cargo Vessel MV Vienna Wood did not intend to collide with the fishing boat FV Liberty 5.

"That area where the collision happened is a sea lane, similar to a highway. They are users of the sea. While navigating, they collided. That is the simple logic of what happened," Ursabia said in a virtual media briefing.

As of Tuesday, Ursabia said no signs of life have so far been found by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) rescuers.

"Based on the results of our scouring of the sea area since Monday there is no life and survivors at all," Ursabia said.

He expressed hope that the missing people have managed to swim to shore and survived the collision that occurred around 10:20 p.m. on Saturday some 15 nautical miles west-southwest off Mamburao town.

The cargo vessel, with Chinese crew members, was sailing to Australia from Subic Bay in Zambales province while the fishing boat was headed to a fish port in Manila when the collision happened, the PCG said.

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Re: MV Vienna Wood incident
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2020, 01:36:50 AM »
PH won’t allow China to probe boat collision — Roque
Published July 1, 2020, 2:34 PM

by Argyll Cyrus Geducos

https://mb.com.ph/2020/07/01/ph-wont-allow-china-to-probe-boat-collision-roque/

Malacañang said it will not ask for China’s help in investigating the collision between fishing boat Liberty Cinco and a Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship off Occidental Mindoro on Sunday.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque made the statement after the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said there was no sign of life after its second day of searching for the 14 Filipinos aboard the Liberty Cinco after it collided with MV Vienna Wood.

In an interview with ANC’s “Headstart”, Roque said the Philippines will not allow China, despite its offer, to investigate the incident because it happened in Philippine waters.

“Because it happened in Philippine waters, it’s Philippine exclusive jurisdiction. We will not allow foreign entities to exercise criminal jurisdiction and civil jurisdiction over matters that the Philippine authorities have exclusive jurisdiction,” he said Wednesday.

“This will be investigated by the MARINA, by the Coast Guard. If there’s criminal responsibility, then the fiscal will make the preliminary investigation and file the criminal information with the court,” he added.

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