• Melo Acuna

PCG looks into explosion aboard MV Titan 8

Six injured, two others missing as explosion hits boat at Delpan wharf


MANILA – An explosion on a boat bound for Coron, Palawan while refueling at Delpan wharf triggered a seven-hour fire which also rendered over a hundred individuals homeless at Barangays 275 and 286 in densely populated portion of this city.


Reports from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) disclosed the incident took place at about 9:00 A.M. today.


An inquiry made by the PCG revealed Motor Vessel Titan 8’s boat captain was taking his shower when he heard the explosion and made him jump overboard.


It was learned the other crew members did the same. The crew was preparing for their trip to the northern portion Palawan Province, southwest of this city.


While elements from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) were attending to the conflagration, the PCG’s Marine Environmental Protection Command (MEPCOM) deployed at least six segments of oil spill boom to control the oil spill.


A notice to mariners (NOTAM) was issued to inform vessels plying the area of the maritime incident.


The PCG deployed two aluminum boats with rescue divers.


The BRP Panglao (FPB-2402) dispatched its rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) with submersible pump to assist in the firefighting operations.


As of 11:30 A.M., six individuals were reported injured, four crew members of MV Titan 8 while two others were from another vessel nearby, MV Princess Christine. Two MV Titan 8 crew members have remained missing.


The PCG Medical Service sent its medical team to assist the injured crew members.


Two other PCG assets, BRP Malabrigo (MRRV-4402) and BRP Capones (MRRV-4404) were directed to send their own rigid hull inflatable boats to assist in the disaster response.


The fire that affected 40 homes of light materials was reported under control at 1:54 P.M. and was declared fire out at 2:57 P.M.


The fire about MT Titan 8 was declared over at 4:00 P.M.No estimated damages on the boat and the homes were included in the report.(Melo M

(Philippine Coast Guard video)

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