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Sulpicio's franchise should be suspended, urge maritime investigators

Manila: Maritime investigators have recommended the suspension of the franchise of shipping firm, Sulpicio Lines, owner of the MV Princess of the Stars that sank off San Fernando Town in Romblon in June.
This, after the Board Of Marine Inquiry found that human error caused the sea tragedy that left more than 700 people dead and missing.  Investigators say the ship's captain, who is among the missing, miscalculated the risks of the voyage from Manila to Cebu at the height of Typhoon Frank.  The ship passed through the eye of the storm causing it to capsize.
The BMI says Sulpicio Lines is also liable for the incident since it failed to stop its captain from sailing despite bad weather.  Hundreds of bodies, as well as a shipment of toxic chemicals, remain trapped inside the sunken vessel. [27/8/08]



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