By Calvin Cordova
CEBU CITY — A passenger ship caught fire while being repaired at a port in Mandaue City Wednesday morning, and one of its crew was injured while putting the fire out.
The fire started at the galley air blower of MV Trans Asia, which was docked at F.F. Cruz Wharf in Pier 8.
The fire broke out at 3:48 a.m.
Coast Guard personnel from Cebu, Mandaue Quick Response Team and the multi-response vessel BRP Suluan responded to the fire alarm.
The fire was declared under control at 6:01 a.m. and was put out at 7:18 a.m., according to Lt. Jr. Grade Michael John Encina, spokesman for the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Central Visayas.
Glen Ligit, one of the 36 crew members of the vessel, was injured after hitting his head on a hard object while trying to put out the fire.
Ligit was treated at a hospital.
Divers from Coast Guard Environmental Protection unit found no trace of oil leaking from the ship, said Encina.
The cause of fire is still being determined, and the vessel’s captain Keneth Oyangorin, has been asked to file a marine protest, said
Encina. (With reports from Betheena Unite)