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Guimaras-Iloilo passenger vessels, vice versa, resume operations

A handout photo from the Philippine Red Cross shows the capsized ferries off the waters of Iloilo City, Philippines August 3, 2019. Philippine Red Cross/Handout via REUTERS

The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) has given the go signal to passenger vessels plying the Guimaras-Iloilo route and vice versa to resume its operations on Tuesday, August 13.

MARINA noted that passengers should wear life jackets all throughout the trip, emphasizing that the motor bancas should only carry passengers up to 75% of their authorized capacity.

It also added in its conditions that tarpaulins and canvasses should be removed or rolled up. MARINA then said motor bancas will be allowed to sail only during fair weather, and when the wind is not more than 7-10 knots (Force 3 of the Beaufort scale) and the waves are not more than 0.5 meters.

Motor bancas will also be allowed to sail only from sunrise to sunset and will have distress signals and equipment.

Earlier in August, at least 31 people died from the capsizing of three boats in Iloilo Strait, the waters between Iloilo and Guimaras.

READ: Death toll in capsized Philippine ferries climbs to 31

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