List of maritime disasters in the Philippines

Below is a list of the most notable deadliest maritime incidents or tragedies in the Philippines.

List of maritime incidents

Maritime Vessel Shipping line1 Incident Deaths1 Missing1 Survivors1 Remarks
Date Fate
MV Don Juan Negros Navigation April 22, 1980 Sank after collision with a small oil tanker, MT Tacloban City 176[1][2] Unknown 888[1][2] MV Don Juan was a luxury liner that is bound to Bacolod City. At the 10:30 p.m. (PST) on April 22, 1980, it collided with an oil tanker, MT Tacloban, off Tablas Strait in Mindoro.[3] 15 minutes later, the vessel sank at a depth of 1,800 feet.[4] The vessel was carrying 1,004 passengers, but it was only cleared to carry 864 persons – including its crew.[5]
MV Doña Paz Sulpicio Lines December 20, 1987 Caught fire and sank after a collision with an oil tanker, MT Vector 4,3412[6] Unknown2 24[7] On December 20, 1987, at 6:30 a.m. (PST), MV Doña Paz left from Tacloban City, Leyte, for the City of Manila, with a stopover at Catbalogan City, Samar. On December 20, 1987, at 10:30 p.m. (PST), the passenger vessel collided with a motor tanker, MT Vector, near Dumali Point between the provinces of Marinduque and Oriental Mindoro.[8] The vessel's manifest only listed 1,493 passengers and a 53-member crew, but survivor accounts that the vessel was carrying more than 4,000 passengers. The incident was the worst peacetime disaster and the worst in the 20th century,[7] and the vessel was even named the Asia's Titanic.[9]
MT Vector Vector Shipping Caught fire and sank after a collision with an passenger vessel, MV Doña Paz 11 0 2
MV Doña Marilyn Sulpicio Lines October 24, 1988 Sank after caught by Typhoon Unsang 77 2 300 In the afternoon of October 24, 1988, while sailing from Manila to Tacloban City, the vessel was caught up in Typhoon Unsang and sank.[10] It was the sister ship of MV Doña Paz.
MV Cebu City William Shipping Company December 2, 1994 Sank after collision with an oil tanker, MV Kota Suria 73 41 525 Collided with Singaporean oil tanker, MV Kota Suria, off Manila Bay.[11] The oil tanker only had a dent in its bow.[12]
MV Kota Suria Singapore Pacific Int’l Line Ltd. Did not sink 0 0 Unknown
MV Viva Antipolo VII Viva Shipping Inc. May 16, 1995 Sank after the vessel caught fire 62 10 142 Caught fire within the vicinity of Dalahican Fish Port, Lucena.[13]
MV Kimelody Cristy Moreta Shipping Lines December 13, 1995 Sank after the vessel caught fire 24 13 100 At 2:00 a.m. (PST) on December 13, 1995, caught fire and sank off Fortune Island, Nasugbu, Batangas.[14]
ML Gretchen I Louie and Clarita Quimco February 18, 1996 Sank 51 Unknown 145 Sank after being battered by strong winds and sank near Capiz City. The old wooden ferry, according to the investigation, was not seaworthy and was carrying more than its allowed capacity. It was also eight hours late to dock in the Port of Capiz.[15] The Philippine Coast Guard had failed to respond to the incident since the ferry has no radio on board.[16]
MV Princess of the Orient Sulpicio Lines September 18, 1998 Sank 70 80 355 On September 18, 1998, the 13,935-ton, 915-metre (3,002 ft) long MV Princess of the Orient, sailed from Manila to Cebu during a typhoon. The ship capsized at 12:55 p.m. (PST) near Fortune Island in Batangas.[17]
MV Asia South Korea Trans-Asia Shipping Lines December 23, 1999 Sank after collision with a rock 58 0 699 The vessel en route to Iloilo City from Cebu City when it rock formations off Bantayan Island. The collision created a hole in its hull causing its sinking.[18]
MV Maria Carmela Montenegro Shipping Lines April 11, 2002 Sank after the vessel caught fire 39 6 371 Fire broke out in the cargo hold of the vessel around 7:30 a.m. (PST).[19] The vessel was burning for three days until it sank in Pagbilao Island, near Quezon.[20]
MV San Nicolas San Nicholas Shipping Line May 25, 2003 Sank after collision with SuperFerry 12 43 21 182 The collision happened at 11:45 a.m. (PST) near Limobones Point, Corregidor. MV San Nicholas was heading for Manila, while Superferry 12 was sailing for Cebu.[21]
SuperFerry 12 Aboitiz Did not sink 0 0 1,700[22] The ferry was not heavily damaged and was still in service until the ferry caught fire at Cebu in March 2006.[23]
SuperFerry 14 Aboitiz February 27, 2004 Sank after bombed by Abu Sayyaf terrorists 94 24 781 On the night of the 27th of February, the ferry sailed out of Manila for Cagayan de Oro City via Bacolod City and Iloilo City with 899 recorded passengers and crew aboard.[24] An hour after its 11 p.m. sailing, just off either El Fraile or Corregidor Island an explosion tore through the vessel, starting a fire that engulfed the ship which caused the deaths of some of the passengers.[25] A television set containing a 3.6-kilogram (8-pound) TNT bomb had been placed on board in the lower, more crowded decks.[26] It was the Philippines' deadliest terrorist attack and the world's deadliest terrorist attack at sea.[27][28]
MV Princess of the Stars Sulpicio Lines June 21, 2008 Capsized 437 605 32 MV Princess of the Stars capsized off the coast of San Fernando, Romblon at the height of Typhoon Frank. The ferry left Manila en route to Cebu City. Although Typhoon Frank, had made landfall at Samar Island earlier the same day, the Princess of the Stars was permitted to sail because the vessel was large enough to stay afloat in the typhoon's periphery. However, Frank unexpectedly changed course later that day, placing the ferry in serious danger of being overwhelmed by the storm.[29] According to an account given by four survivors, who managed to swim to nearby Sibuyan Island, the Princess of the Stars had not malfunctioned, but ran into rough seas off the coast of Romblon.[30]
MBca Don Dexter Unknown November 4, 2008 Capsized 42 10 105 Motor banca Don Dexter capsized near Macaraguit Island, Dimasalang, Masbate after its outrigger broke.
MBca Jen-Mar Unknown December 14, 2008 Capsized 47 30 45 Motor banca Jen-Mar capsized near the vicinity of Linao, Aparri, Cagayan after its outrigger broke. The motor banca was carrying passengers in excess of its allowed capacity, and bad weather condition which was a contributory cause of its capsizing.
MV St. Thomas Aquinas 2Go August 16, 2013 Sank after collision with an cargo ship, MV Sulpicio Express Siete 114[31] 23[31] 750[32] On 16 August 2013, MV St. Thomas Aquinas departed from Nasipit, Agusan del Norte, on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. At approximately 9:00 p.m. (PST), it was heading into the port at Cebu City via the Cebu Strait when it collided with MV Sulpicio Express Siete, a cargo ship owned by the Philippine Span Asia Carrier Corporation that was leaving port, approximately 1.2 miles (1.9 km) from Talisay, Cebu.[33] The vessel immediately began to take on water, prompting the captain to order the ship abandoned.[34] The crew hurriedly handed out life jackets as hundreds of passengers jumped overboard. Within 30 minutes, the ship had sunk. At the time of the collision, St. Thomas Aquinas was carrying 715 passengers (58 were infants) and 116 crew members. Many passengers were asleep at the time or otherwise had trouble finding their way to the deck in the dark.[33]
MV Sulpicio Express Siete Philippine Span Asia Carrier Corporation Damaged; did not sink[33] 0[33] 0[33] 36[33] The Sulpicio Express Siete, which did not sink, has 36 crew members on board.[33]
  1. Philippine Coast Guard, unless taken and supported from other references.
  2. a b The death toll of 4,341 was only an estimate, which also includes the missing.

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