The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has stated that the Marshall Islands, believed to be the flag state of the ship that crashed into a Philippine fishing boat, is obligated to hold the vessel accountable for the incident that resulted in the death of three fishermen. The PCG has sent a letter to the government of the Marshall Islands requesting their cooperation in investigating the oil tanker that collided with the fishing boat. The Marshall Islands has acknowledged receiving the letter, but the Philippines has not yet received a formal response. The PCG has also written to the port state of control in Singapore since the vessel was heading there from South Korea.
The PCG chief stated that compensation for the victims will be determined after the investigation is completed. He also mentioned that there is insurance for ships involved in accidents, so compensation may be available. The PCG is working on completing its maritime casualty investigation report, which will be submitted to the Department of Foreign Affairs for appropriate diplomatic action.
This incident highlights the importance of holding the flag state accountable for accidents involving vessels registered under its jurisdiction. The PCG is taking the necessary steps to ensure a fair and honest investigation into the incident. The completion of the investigation and the determination of compensation for the victims will provide some closure to the affected families.