MV Doña Paz


The MV Doña Paz was a Filipino passenger ferry sailing in the Tablas Strait near Manila. On the night of December 20, 1987, it collided with the oil tanker MT Vector, resulting in an explosion and the death of over 4000 people. This shipwreck exemplifies the poor safety regulations for marine vessels in Southeast Asia at the time, and a case study of the event shows us how precautions have since been changed, for the most part.

About the Authors

Felix Allen

Felix is a first-year at Carleton College from Washington, DC. He is interested in majoring in geology or studio art, and minoring in environmental studies or art history. Felix researched the aftermath of the MV Doña Paz and MT Vector collision, and how it impacted society and the maritime world.

Charlie Kingman

Charlie is a first-year student at Carleton College from the Bay Area in California. They don’t know what they want to do with their life just yet. Charlie researched the disaster and collision of the MV Doña Paz and MT Vector.

Hennesis Morocho

Hennesis is a first-year student at Carleton College, from Minnetonka, Minnesota. She is currently considering a major in geology, with minors in both history and Spanish. For this project, she primarily researched the historical context of Southeast Asia and the origins of both the MV Doña Paz and the MT Vector.