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Trouble-hit ship arrives safely in P. Princesa

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All 630 passengers of the roll on-roll off vessel MV Saint Francis Xavier have safely arrived in Puerto Princesa on Monday, June 10, following a delay in their journey due to technical issues, the ship’s operator 2GO Travel announced.

The vessel on Saturday encountered technical problems during its trip from Manila to Puerto Princesa, with a stopover in Coron.

The problem was aggravated by low tide, making it necessary to moor in Coron.

Maritime authorities, including the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), swiftly assessed and cleared the vessel for continued travel once the issues were resolved, the operator said.

Throughout the delay, 2GO Travel ensured passenger comfort and safety. Those who disembarked in Coron were provided with meals and had several options to continue their journey. They could either revalidate their tickets, seek refunds, or arrange alternative travel to Puerto Princesa.

The ship resumed its course and arrived at Puerto Princesa’s port at 12:24 AM on June 10, much to the relief of the onboard passengers. The ship was scheduled to depart for Coron and Manila at 5:30 p.m. on June 10, with an estimated arrival in Coron at 5:30 a.m. on June 11.

In a statement, 2GO Travel reaffirmed its dedication to passenger safety and security. The company thanked the PCG and MARINA for their prompt and efficient cooperation in addressing the technical difficulties and ensuring a safe voyage for all.

Passengers affected by the changes in travel time have been notified and provided with the necessary information.

Editor’s Note: This is an updated article. Originally posted with the headline “MV Saint Francis Xavier safely reaches Puerto Princesa after overcoming technical glitch”

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