Almost seven years after the sinking of M/V Princess of the Stars, the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) canceled Sulpicio Lines Inc.’s authority to carry passengers across the sea.

In a 50-page ruling in the administrative case against Sulpicio Lines, now called Span Asia Carrier, MARINA cancelled the “Certificate of Public Convenience” it granted to the firm on May 16, 2005, which was supposed to be effective for 25 years to carry passengers.

Because of this, the “Certificate of Public Convenience” of the ships of Span Asia Carrier will be limited to only “cargo operation”.

MARINA also slapped a fine of only P800 on Span Asia Carrier for traveling with endosulfan, a kind of corrosive substance, marine pollutant and delicate cargo, without a “special permit” on the day the accident happened.

(From Interaksyon and Philippines News Agency)