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Authorities probe fire aboard 'MV Wonderful Stars' ferry

Authorities probe fire aboard ferry boat
Aug. 17, 2015 http://manilastandardtoday.com/2015/08/17/authorities-probe-fire-aboard-...

Authorities are investigating a fire that gutted the ferry boat MV Wonderful Stars, which was carrying more than 500 passengers when it caught fire just minutes after it docked at the Ormoc City port on Saturday, Malacañang said Sunday.

“The government is investigating what started the fire,” said Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. in an interview over state-run dzRB.

Chinese Seafarer dies in 'Dragon' at Russian port

One seafarer dead and two injured in mooring accident at Russian port
Grant Rowles August 17th, 2015 http://splash247.com/one-seafarer-dead-and-two-injured-in-mooring-accide...

A Chinese seafarer has died on Friday and two others were injured onboard bulk carrier TTM Dragon (55,947dwt, built 2010), caused by an incident involving another vessel mooring at Russia’s Kavkaz Port.

Roble wants burned ship towed to Cebu

Roble wants burned ship towed to Cebu
Lalaine Jimenea August 17, 2015 http://www.philstar.com/cebu-news/2015/08/17/1489081/roble-wants-burned-...

ORMOC CITY, Philippines — The management of Roble Shipping Lines, owner of the MV Wonderful Stars, the passenger ferry that caught fire and burned at the port here a few minutes after it docked from Cebu City at around 4:20 a.m. Saturday, has requested authorities to allow them to tow the ship back to Cebu City for fear that it would cause an oil spill if left to the elements.

Labuan MMEA Arrests Filipino Crewman For Violation Of Immigration Act

Labuan MMEA Arrests Filipino Crewman For Violation Of Immigration Act
August 16, 2015 http://www.bernama.com.my/bernama/state_news/news.php?id=1162296&cat=sbe

LABUAN, Aug 16 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) here seized a fishing trawler with eight Filipino crewmen on board in the waters off Labuan, Sunday.

One of the crewmen, aged 50, was detained as he allegedly used a social visit pass to work as fisherman.

Hijackings of ships in South East Asia can be mitigated, says UK-based Dryad

Hijackings of ships in South East Asia can be mitigated, says UK-based Dryad
Bernama August 15, 2015 http://english.astroawani.com/world-news/hijackings-ships-south-east-asi...

SINGAPORE: The recent hijacking of a Singapore-registered tanker, MT Joaquim last Saturday (Aug 8) in the Straits of Malacca has provided yet another timely reminder of the current risks facing seafarers in Southeast Asia, particularly in and around the Malaysian Peninsula, said a UK-based maritime intelligence agency, Dryad Maritime.

Owner of burnt ferry fears oil spill in Ormoc

Owner of burnt ferry fears oil spill in Ormoc
Lalaine Jimenea August 17, 2015 http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2015/08/17/1488974/owner-burnt-ferry-f...

ORMOC CITY, Philippines – The owner of the M/V Wonderful Stars ferry, which caught fire minutes after docking here Saturday, has asked the Bureau of Fire Protection for permission to tow the ship back to Cebu City.

More women seeking jobs in male-dominated maritime industry

More women seeking jobs in male-dominated maritime industry
Olivia Ho Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 http://business.asiaone.com/news/more-women-seeking-jobs-male-dominated-...

Ms Lim Pio Teo, 27, who fulfilled a childhood dream to become a maritime engineer, is now a second engineer with global shipping company APL. She hopes to work her way up to become the chief engineer of a vessel. Photo: The Straits Times

3 crewmen hurt in Ormoc ship fire

3 crewmen hurt in Ormoc ship fire
Dennis Carcamo August 15, 2015 http://www.philstar.com/nation/2015/08/15/1488397/3-crewmen-hurt-ormoc-s...

MANILA, Philippines - Three crew members of a passenger ship were hurt on Saturday after a fire broke out inside the vessel after docking at a port in Ormoc City, Leyte.

Capt. William Isaga, Philippine Coast Guard District-Eastern Visayas commander, said the three crewmen of MV Wonderful Stars were immediately rushed to the hospital for minor injuries.

None among the 544 passengers of the vessel were hurt during the blaze.

Cruise ship employee charged with sexual battery

Cruise ship employee charged with sexual battery
August 15, 2015 http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/08/15/cruise-ship-employe...

MELBOURNE, Fla. — A man who worked as a stateroom steward aboard a Carnival cruise ship was arrested Saturday and charged with sexual battery of a person under 16 years of age and lewd and lascivious molestation, authorities say.

'M/V Wonderful Star': Ferry with more than 500 passengers catches fire off Ormoc

Ferry with more than 500 passengers catches fire off Ormoc
Joey A. Gabieta August 15th, 2015 http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/713190/ferry-with-more-than-500-passengers-...

MV Wonderful Stars catches fire off Ormoc City. Photo from Capt. Joseph Andrew Lape
TACLOBAN CITY–A passenger vessel caught fire early Saturday morning shortly after docking at the pier in Ormoc City, Leyte.

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