Water gushes out of ferry floorboard
GEORGE TOWN: Social media was aghast when a picture showing water gushing out from the floorboards of one of the ferries plying the Penang Channel was widely circulated yesterday.
Fortunately, the ferry did not spring a leak as some had speculated and ferry operator Penang Port Sdn Bhd (PPSB) released a statement soon after to allay fears.
In a post on Facebook, the operator said the water coming out was fresh water from a storage tank and not seawater as feared.
Water tanks will be filled with fresh water when the ferry docked to be used for the engine room, toilets and other purposes while crossing the sea.
“The crew will open the sounding hole while replenishing the water ... water will spurt out of the hole to indicate that the tank is full. Once this occurs, the crew will close the sounding hole and continue with the next embarkation,” the post read.”– by Aaron Ngui