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Today’s comic relief

September 8, 2006

Engineer: Solar I appears ‘deliberately’ punctured

THE chief engineer of the ill-fated oil tanker MT Solar I on Friday said the hole on the side of the sunken vessel may have been punctured by unidentified parties.

Gerardo Pahimutang, chief engineer for MT Solar I owner Sunshine Maritime Development Corp. (SMDC), described the hole as “parang sinadya.” (apparently deliberate)

Pahimutang groped for answers as to how the sunken vessel’s hull sustained damage, sometimes to the amusement of the Board of Marine Inquiry (BMI).

When Pahimutang made the remark about the hole, the BMI members broke out in laughter.

Sunshine Maritime has denied allegations that the MT Solar I illegally siphoned oil onto another vessel, which may have bumped into the tanker and caused it to sink.

(Click A hole, Sept. 8, 2006.)

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