Scores of people die each year in ferry accidents in the Philippines, an archipelago of 7,100 islands with a notoriously poor record for maritime safety.
Below is a list of some of the maritime disasters in the country since 1980:
August 2013: At least 114 were killed after MV St. Thomas Aquinas collided with MV Sulpicio Express 7 while it was heading into a port in Cebu City via Cebu Strait.
June 2013: M/V Our Lady of Mt. Carmel sank off Masbate, killing 7 people.
June 12, 2012 : A storm capsized a wooden-hulled ferry off the coast of Palawan island, killing at least seven.
December 26, 2009: At least six people died and 44 went missing after ferry MV Baleno-9 sank.
December 24, 2009: Four people died and 23 went missing after the wooden-hulled Catalyn B with 73 people on board collided with a fishing vessel at the mouth of Manila Bay.
September 2009: Nine people were killed after Superferry 9 tilts sharply and then sinks near the southern city of Zamboanga.
May 2009: Wooden-hulled Commander 6, a small passenger boat, capsized at the Verde Island Passage near Mindoro, leaving 12 dead.
December 2008: The ferry Maejan capsized off the northern Philippines, leaving 30 dead.
November 2008: Don Dexter Kathleen, a small wooden-hulled ferry, capsized in freak winds off the central island of Masbate, leaving 42 dead.
June 2008: The MV Princess of the Stars, a Sulpicio Lines-owned ship, capsized off the coast of San Fernando, Romblon at the height of typhoon ''Frank.'' More than 700 people were killed.
August 2006: The MT Solar One, a cargo ship carrying two million liters of bunker fuel, sank off the Guimaras Strait. An estimated 500,000 liters of fuel spilled into Guimaras’ waters in the worst oil spill in Philippine history.
February 2004: Islamist militants firebombed the Superferry 14 near Manila Bay, leaving 116 dead.
April 2000: The cargo vessel Anahanda, overloaded with passengers, sank off the southern island of Jolo. About 100 of the estimated 150 people on board die.
September 1998: The Princess of the Orient ferry capsized near Fortune Island in Batangas and sank, killing 150 out of the 388 passengers.
February 1996: ML Gretchen I, an old wooden ferry, sank after being battered by strong winds near Cadiz City.
December 1995: MV Kimelody Cristy caught fire and sank off Fortune Island in Nasugbu Batangas, leaving 24 dead.
December 1994: A Singaporean freighter, MV Kota Suria, hit the ferry MV Cebu City in Manila Bay, leaving about 140 dead.
October 1988: The Dona Marilyn ferry, a Sulpicio Lines-owned ship, sank off the central island of Leyte, leaving 250 dead with only 147 survivors.
December 1987: The Dona Paz ferry collides with an oil tanker off Mindoro island near Manila, leaving more than 4,000 dead in the world's worst peacetime shipping disaster.
April 1980: The MV Don Juan, a luxury liner bound to Bacolod City collided with an oil tanker, MT Tacloban, off Tablas Strait in Mindoro, leaving 176 dead.
- with reports from Reuters, Agence France-Presse