Sinking of Kim Nirvana-B

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Sinking of Kim Nirvana-B
Date 2 July 2015 (2015-07-02)
Time Around 12:10 p.m. (PST)[1]
Location 200 metres (0.20 km) off Ormoc, Leyte, Philippines
Death(s) 62[2]
Inquest 2 separate investigations (Philippine Coast Guard and Philippine National Police)
Accused Captain, ferry's owner, and 17 crew members[3][4]
Boat summary
Capacity 178 (173 passengers listed on manifest)[5]
Survivors 158[2]
On board 220[2]
Destination Pilar, Cebu
Origin Ormoc, Leyte

The sinking of Kim Nirvana-B occurred on the morning of 2 July 2015 en route from Ormoc to Pilar in Ponson Island, among the Camotes Islands. It was reported that the ship, a motorized bangka (outrigger canoe),[6] was overloaded with passengers and cargo that led to it capsizing after making a sharp turn.[7] Kim Nirvana-B was rated to carry 178 passengers and 16 crew members but had at least 220 people on board at the time of the accident.[2][8][9] Witnesses also reported that a large number of sacks of cement, rice and fertilizer were in the cargo area of the ship.[3][10] Multiple murder charges were laid against the ferry's owner, captain and 17 crew members following the accident.[3][4] On 9 July 2015, the Maritime Industry Authority reported that calculations show overloading was not the cause of the ship's sinking and instead cited the "negligent operations of the captain".[11]

See also


  1. ^ Maru, Davinci S. (3 July 2015). "Boat bound for Camotes sinks off Ormoc". Sun.Star. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d Bonifacio, Jazmin (8 July 2015). "Rescuers end search for Ormoc sea tragedy victims". Rappler. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Jimenea, Lalaine (5 July 2015). "Owner, crew of ferry charged with murder". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  4. ^ a b "MB Nirvana owner, captain facing multiple murder raps". CNN Philippines. 5 July 2015. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Marina bans 2-deck boats following Nirvana tragedy". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 17 July 2015.
  6. ^ "At least 16 died as banca capsized in C. Philippines". Cihan News Agency. 2 July 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Death toll from ferry capsizing off Ormoc now at 59". GMA News Online. GMA Network Inc. 4 July 2015. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  8. ^ Dejon, Robert; Canlas, Jomar (5 July 2015). "Toll from ferry disaster hits 61". The Manila Times. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Death toll from M/B Kim Nirvana-B sinking reaches 59". The Philippine Star. 4 July 2015. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  10. ^ Glang, Hader (4 July 2015). "Report: Overloading behind Philippines boat sinking". Anadolu Agency. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  11. ^ Arcangel, Xianne (9 July 2015). "MB Kim Nirvana was not overloaded —MARINA". GMA News Online. GMA Network Inc. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
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