Mv Doña Paz

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MV Doña Paz | Career (Japan) | | Name: | Himeyuri Maru
ひめゆり丸 | Owner: | RKK Line | Port of registry: | Japan | Builder: | Onomichi Dockyard | Yard number: | 118 | Launched: | 25 April 1963 | Fate: | Sold to Sulpicio Lines | Career (Philippines) | | Name: | MV Don Sulpicio | Owner: | Sulpicio Lines | Port of registry: | Philippines | Acquired: | 1975 | Renamed: | MV Doña Paz in 1981 | Refit: | After a fire onboard 5 June 1979 | Fate: | Caught fire and sank after a collision with the MT Vector on 20 December 1987. | General characteristics | Class & type: | Passenger ferry | Tonnage: | 2,602
1,192 (deadweight) | Length: | 93.1 m (305 ft) | Beam: | 13.6 m (45 ft) | Speed: | 18 knots | Capacity: | 1,518 passengers | Crew: | 66 |
The MV Doña Paz was a Philippine-registered passenger ferry that sank after colliding with the MT Vector on December 20, 1987. With an estimated death toll of 4,375 people, the collision resulted in the deadliest peacetime maritime disaster in history.[1] Doña Paz was traveling from Leyte island to the Philippine capital of Manila.[2]

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Vessel
The Doña Paz was built in 1963 by Onomichi Zosen of Onomichi, Hiroshima, Japan, and was originally named Himeyuri Maru.[3] During the time it plied Japanese waters, it had a passenger capacity of 608 people.[4] In 1975, it was sold to Sulpicio Lines, a Filipino operator of a fleet of passenger ferries. It was renamed by Sulpicio Lines as the Don Sulpicio, and later, the Doña Paz.[4]
One month before the accident, the vessel had undergone drydocking.[5] At the time of its sinking, the Doña Paz was sailing the route ofManila → Tacloban → Catbalogan → Manila and vice-versa, making trips twice a week.[6]

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Collision
On December 20, 1987, at 0630H, Philippine Standard Time, the Doña Paz left from Tacloban City, Leyte, for the City

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