ZAMBOANGA CITY – A cargo vessel has ran aground off this city’s port Friday afternoon, but there was no report of any damage to the ship.
Zamboanga port officials said the MV Span Asia 15 was trying to dock without the help of a tug boat or harbor pilot when it got stuck in shallow waters.
“We have to wait for the tide to rise and try to remove the cargo ship from where it is stuck now. Apparently the ship’s captain is not familiar with the Port of Zamboanga and he was maneuvering without the aid of the harbor pilot,” said Liberto dela Rosa, the port manager.
Dela Rosa blamed the ship’s captain for the incident.
The Span Asia 15, which was carrying a cargo of rice from General Santos City, is operated by the Philippine Span Asia Carrier Corporation, formerly named Sulpicio Lines.