2009 National Geographic Special
Dona Paz, pt. 1
  
2009 National Geographic Special
Dona Paz, pt. 2
  
2009 National Geographic Special
Dona Paz, pt. 3
  
2009 National Geographic Special
Dona Paz, pt. 4

  
2009 National Geographic Special
Dona Paz, pt. 5
  
2009 National Geographic Special
Dona Paz, pt. 6

2009 National Geographic Special
Dona Paz, pt. 7

    


On the fateful night of December 20, 1987 at approximately 10:00 p.m., the worst disaster in terms of loss of life in the history of maritime commerce occurred off the coast of Dumali Point, Mindoro, Philippines. The passenger ferry, the "Doña Paz" owned and operated by Sulpicio Lines, had loaded passengers at Tacloban, Leyte and Catbalogan, Samar. She was en route to Manila when she collided with the oil tanker, "Vector", which was owned and operated by Vector Shipping Corporation. At the time of the collision, the "Vector", had been on long term charter (long lease) to Cal-Tex Philippines, Inc., and on that night "Vector" was en route to deliver gasoline and kerosene from the Bataan Refinery to Masbate City. The collision resulted in a fi;re aboard the "Vector" which spread to the highly combustible cargo of the "Vector" causing an explosion. The Philippine government commission estimated that 4,047 individuals were killed as a result of the tragedy; only 24 persons survived. Only 108 bodies were recovered.

The Philippine government convened a Board of Marine Inquiry to investigate the cause of the disaster. The Board issued its findings on October 7, 1988 and found that the "Vector" was unseaworthy for many reasons and was at fault.




A group of Philippine lawyers, are working with U.S. and U.K. lawyers.

A class action was filed in Texas but Cal-Tex managed to get that case dismissed after several years. Another class action had also been filed in Orleans Parish, Louisiana, U.S.A. on the 15th of December 1988 on behalf of our clients and other victims’ families. The official title of the Louisiana case is:-

Sivirino Carreon, Bulig-bulig Kita Kamaganak Association, Renato Asistorga, Pedro B. Sorima, Arnel N. Galang, Elsa Montiagodo, Erasto Maghacut et. al., plaintiffs v. Cal-Tex Philippines, Inc., Cal-Tex Petroleum Corp., Cal-Tex Asia Ltd., Cal-Tex Oil Corp., California Texas Oil Corporation, Cal-Tex Philippines Petroleum Co., Inc., Cal-Tex Trading and Transport Corp., Steamship Mutual, Vector Shipping Corp., the "Doña Paz", the "Vector", and Sulpicio Lines, defendants.

Case no. 88-24481 in the Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans, State of Louisiana.

The law suit alleges negligence on the part of Cal-Tex Philippines and its parent and affiliate corporations. The other main defendant is the Steamship Mutual, which does business in Louisiana, and had provided passenger liability insurance for the "Doña Paz".




  
On the fateful night of December 20, 1987 at approximately 10:00 p.m., the worst disaster in terms of loss of life in the history of maritime commerce occurred off the coast of Dumali Point, Mindoro, Philippines.