PCG files criminal complaint vs owner, master, officers of MV Vienna Wood

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The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has filed a criminal complaint for reckless imprudence resulting to multiple homicide and damage to property against respondents: Nomikos Transworld Maritime, Zhang Wei Wei (Master), Shi Bin (Officer), Yi Lei (Officer), Yang Xifeng (Officer), Fan Qoujin (Officer), Xia Zhen (Officer), and Wang Xingtu (Officer) before the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office in Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro on 06 July 2020.

The filing of the criminal case was prompted by the collision of the Hong Kong-flagged cargo vessel, MV Vienna Wood owned by Nomikos Transworld Maritime and the Philippine-flagged fishing vessel, FV Liberty 5 owned by Irma Fishing & Trading, Inc. that occurred on the night of 27 June 2020 at the vicinity waters off Tayamaan in Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro.

Taking into consideration the eye-witness accounts of fishermen who were within the area on the time of the collision, fishing vessels who were first to respond, admission of the collision from the Captain of the MV Vienna Wood, the nature and extent of the damages to both vessels, as well as evidence gathered from the PCG Monitoring Posts in Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro and the PCG Southern Luzon District in Batangas City where the MV Vienna Wood is currently detained by port authorities, led the Coast Guard Station – Mamburao and the Coast Guard Legal Service to believe that there is a finding of criminal negligence on the part of the MV Vienna Wood in relation to the collision, sufficient to file a case against it.

To date, the PCG, together with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police – Maritime Group (PNP – Marig), and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) are conducting joint search and retrieval operations for the remains of the FV Liberty 5 and its passengers around waters surrounding the site of collision.

Filing in behalf of the PCG, the complaint was subscribed by LTJG Ma. Valerie S Lagua, the Provincial Director / Station Commander of Coast Guard Station – Occidental Mindoro.

The case, built and filed within days from the date of the collision, was filed by the PCG in the fulfillment of its duties as one of the vanguards of maritime safety and security in the Philippines. PHILIPPINE COAST GUARD