Ship carrying passengers and cargo returns to port in Palawan due to engine malfunction

A cargo-passenger vessel of 2GO Travel shipping company, which experienced engine failure and ran aground, has safely returned to the port of Coron, Palawan. The MV St. Francis Xavier, on its journey to Coron town from Manila, faced technical issues but was inspected by engineers and Philippine Coast Guard personnel who confirmed no oil spill or leakage.

The incident occurred when the vessel lost power during undocking maneuvers, approximately one nautical mile from the port of Coron. Despite efforts to prevent the ship from drifting, it ran aground due to low tide while engineers worked on restoring power.

2GO Travel issued an apology and began ferrying passengers to the terminal in batches for safe disembarkation. The vessel was carrying 1,365 passengers, with those bound for Puerto Princesa offered refunds or alternative transportation arrangements. The company provided meals and accommodation for passengers awaiting their next trip.

The MV St. Francis Xavier is currently undergoing a thorough inspection before being cleared for its next voyage.

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