THE Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) has suspended the passenger ship safety certificate (PSSC) of the damaged merchant vessel OceanJet 168.

Engineer Emmanuel Carpio, Marina Regional Office 7 (MRO 7) director, said the vessel suffered damage in its starboard side propeller when it hit a coral reef while traversing Bohol to Siquijor.

"Considering the integrity of the hull, and her machinery have been compromised, the PSSC of MV OceanJet 168, is hereby suspended," he said.

The suspension was based on Administrative Order 11-19 or the "Guidelines on the Suspension of Safety Certificates and Issuance of Lifting Order of Ships" involved in maritime casualties and incident; Marina MC 152 and PMMRR 1997; and Republic Act 9295 and its implementing rules and regulations in relation to the ship survey system.

Marina's suspension will last until an order was given and upon favorable recommendation after a thorough inspection and evaluation of the vessel's seaworthiness.

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The vessel is owned by Ocean Fast Ferries Inc., a wholly owned Filipino corporation which operates fastcraft serving strategic routes in Luzon, the Visayas and soon, in Mindanao areas.