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Sulpicio in more hot water over grounding in Iloilo

Sulpicio in more hot water over grounding in Iloilo

Manila: A cargo ship owned by Sulpicio Lines Inc. was ordered grounded Friday after it figured in a mishap that damaged construction equipment in Iloilo.

Radio dzBB's Carlo Mateo reported Friday noon the MV Cotabato Princess was ordered grounded even as the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) sought an explanation into the incident.

Initial investigation showed the incident occurred at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Iloilo port where the ship ran aground and damaged at least 16 piles and a crane boom.

The construction equipment was being used for the extension of the port.

No one among the ship's 49 crewmen was reported injured. The captain reportedly blamed big waves for the incident.

Sulpicio is already reeling from the sinking of its ship, M/V Princess of the Stars, with the loss of around 800 lives.  [5/9/08]