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Sulpicio Lines name change couldn’t prevent accident

Sulpicio Lines Inc. changed its name to Philippine Span Asia Carrier Corp. (PSACC) following the 2008 sinking of its biggest passenger vessel in Romblon. The change in name, however, has not prevented another of the company’s ship from again figuring in accident. AP FILE PHOTO

CEBU CITY, Philippines—Four years ago, Sulpicio Lines Inc. changed its name to Philippine Span Asia Carrier Corp. (PSACC) following the 2008 sinking of its biggest passenger vessel in Romblon.

Despite the name change, PSACC is again involved in a sea accident with the collision of its cargo vessel with a passenger ferry on Friday, which has left at least 55 persons dead and 65 others missing.

According to Jordan Go, president and CEO of PSACC, the collision between the Sulpicio Express Siete and 2GO’s St. Thomas of Aquinas ferry was the first involving the company since they decided to change its name in 2009.

He said it was a family decision to focus on the freight shipping business instead of passenger ships after the sinking of the Princess of the Stars in Romblon at the height of Typhoon “Frank” on June 21, 2008.

“It was to have a fresh start,” he told the Inquirer in a phone interview on Saturday.

The former Sulpicio Lines, which would have celebrated its 40th anniversary this year, had 45 sea accidents from 1980 to 2008, according to records at www.lloydsmiu.com., the website of Lloyd’s List Intelligence, a business information service dedicated to the global maritime industry.

The figures included the sinking of the MV Doña Paz in December 1987, dubbed as the world’s worst peacetime sea tragedy, which left more than 4,000 people dead.

After the Princess of the Stars tragedy, where 850 died, the family decided to focus on cargo vessels rather than passenger ships and changed the name of the company to PSACC.—Connie E. Fernandez, Inquirer Visayas; Inquirer Research


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  • Mazza02

    Sulpicio lines owned by chinese

  • aSwedishguy

    and we are still stupid to sail this floating coffins

  • diwaenergy

    Hindi na aksidente kung ang isang kumpanya na paulit-ulit na lang nakakapatay ng tao. Baguhin mo man ang pangalan kung puro pera lang ang mahalaga para sa mga may-ari ng kumpanya papatay at papatay ang mga iyan.

    Kaya kung parusa din lang, dapat kung saan sila talagang masasaktan at yan iyan ihiwalay sa kanila ang pinakamamahal nilang pera.

    Wag na tayong umasa na makunsyensya ang demonyo. Pagbayarin at ikulong ang may-ari at mga nagpapatakbo ng kumpanya.

    Nananawagan ako sa media na alahanin ang mga biktima ng mga trahedyang ito. Wag natin silang kakalimutan. Ika 25 taon noong 2012 ng palubog ng MV Dona Paz, wala mang lang umalala. Masakit mang-isipin pero kailangan, para ipakita natin na mahaga ang buhay ng tao.

  • Oscuro

    They had an average of 1 major accident per year of their existence. This company has killed more people the plague. In other countries, it would’ve been sunk by lawsuits already. But the victims are mostly poor so it doesn’t matter. They can buy out the victims lawyers. I mean this many accidents would’ve sunk a company in the USA or Europe.

  • http://www.businessinsider.com/the-art-of-war-sun-tzu-2011-5?op=1 Sun Tzu

    “According to Jordan Go, president and CEO of PSACC, the collision between the Sulpicio Express Siete and 2GO’s St. Thomas of Aquinas ferry was the first involving the company since they decided to change its name in 2009″

    PUTANG INA MO JORDAN GO! Tigas ng mukha mo, bale wala ba sayo ang buhay na tao? Lots of blood on you and your family’s hand



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