On January 6, the 33 meter long, 275 gt passenger ferry Ocean Jet 7 ran aground some 1500 meters off Plaridel Port in Misamis Occidental, Philppines. The vessel was en route to Tagbilaran City when it encountered heavy seas and strong winds. The waves drove the Ocean Jet 7 off course and aground on its starboard side of the hull. The Philippine Coast Guard dispatched a rescue vessels to the scene and safely transported 271 passengers and 17 crew to Plaridel Port. No reports of injuries.
A tug was dispatched to help refloat the Ocean Jet 7 and take it under tow back to port. No reports of pollution released.
On September 15, the 89 meter long, 3584 dwt cargo vessel Princess Vanessa ran aground in Manila Bay near Tanza, Philippines. The cargo vessel had been at anchor when strong winds from Typhoon Mangkhut caused the anchor to drag. Reports state the cargo vessel went ashore just off the beach at Tanza. No further details were reported.
The 55 meter long, 383 gt cargo vessel Star Liberty ran aground at Barangay, Antique, Philippines. The cargo vessel had been at anchor off Barangay since August 28 with a cargo of 28,000 bags of cement when strong winds from a southwestern monsoon caused the anchors to drag. The crew attempted to restart the vessel’s engine, but the engine wouldn’t start as the Star Liberty was blown ashore. The 22 crew on board were ordered to abandon ship and all were able to reach the shore, but 12 crew sustained minor injuries and were taken to hospital. Local authorities have booms ready to deploy to contain any pollution released. Reports state the Star Liberty could contain up to 6000 litres of diesel fuel on board.