AM Nomikos, the agency managing the Hong Kong-registered cargo ship MV Vienna Wood N said the vessel’s crew tried to search for survivors after it collided with a fishing boat off Mamburao town in Occidental Mindoro on June 28.
In a statement, it said that as the cargo ship was sailing off the coast of Occidental Mindoro, it crashed into an “object what they had thought to be a fishing boat.”
“Vienna Wood N stopped and the crew conducted an emergency damage assessment. The collision was reported soon after to Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC), Manila,” the statement read.
“An overturned hull of what appeared to be a small vessel was spotted and reported to the Coast Guard, no survivors have been found,” it said.
The agency said its managers, crew and other staff are “cooperating fully with authorities” for the ongoing investigation.
“Our thoughts are very much with the missing individuals and with their families,” AM Nomikos said.
Philippine authorities have deployed aircraft and ships in the hunt for the missing people on the fishing boat Liberty 5, who included 12 Filipino crew members and two passengers.