100+ rescued after Super Shuttle Ferry 21 runs aground in Southern Philippines

   October 11, 2022 ,   Accidents

The Philippine Coast Guard announced it had successfully rescued all 103 passengers and crew of a cruiseferry after it had run aground off southern Camiguin Island on October 9.

The Ro-Pax ship Super Shuttle Ferry 21 (1992-built/IMO 9042958) was maneuvering to berth at Port Benoni when her hull made bottom contact in the nearby shallow area at ~2:35 pm local time on Sunday.

The coast guard was deployed to the area to evacuate the travelers and crew members.

The passengers were transferred to another ferry to restart their voyage to the intended destination.

No injuries have been reported.

An inspection of the vessel’s hull showed no signs of damage/pollution resulting from the accident.

An initial investigation revealed that the ferryboat's steering system had been switched off at the time, making maneuvering difficult.

The captain of the ferry said the crew had not noticed that the system had been switched off until just moments before the vessel had run aground.