Hanjin unveils four new Subic-built vessels

Hanjin Subic

Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction-Philippines (HHIC-Phil.) has unveiled recently four 5,400-twenty footer container vessels built inside the company’s shipbuilding facility in Redondo Peninsula in Subic. The ‘M/V Wide Golf,’ one of the four 5,400-twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) class container vessels built by Hanjin-Philippines, weighs 51,872 tons, with an overall length of 255 meters, a breadth […]

Posted by: on Oct 20, 2014 read more

Vacationing OFWs barred from returning to Ebola-infected nations


Citing the continued threat of the Ebola Virus Disease, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) will hold the processing of Filipinos returning to three West African countries affected by the disease. In Advisory No. 21, POEA administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said: With this continuing development and with the Department of Foreign Affairs announcement to impose […]

Posted by: on Oct 20, 2014 read more

Coast Guard braces for ‘Undas’ exodus

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Anticipating an exodus to the provinces starting his coming weekend, the Philippine Coast Guard will raise its alert for Undas (All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days) starting this week. The Coast Guard said it raise its alert starting Oct. 24, Friday. The measure aims to ensure safe trips to the provinces via seagoing vessels. Filipinos […]

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Gov’t issues Ebola alert on shipping & manning firms

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The Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) has placed on heightened alert all shipping firms and manning agencies as well as the nearly 400,000 Filipino seafarers deployed worldwide against the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, which has claimed nearly 4,500 lives, mostly in West Africa. Citing an advisory issued by the Bureau of Quarantine, the Marina […]

Posted by: on Oct 20, 2014 read more

PNoy lauds Coast Guard for defending sea borders

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President Benigno Aquino III on Thursday thanked the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) for defending the country’s territory and preventing incidents that may result in tension in the West Philippine Sea as the agency marked its 113th anniversary. Aquino said he was glad that the PCG is closely coordinating with agencies like the Bureau of Fisheries […]

Posted by: on Oct 16, 2014 read more

DOLE orders info campaign on Ebola threat to seafarers


To further help Filipino seafarers avoid getting the dreaded Ebola virus disease (EVD), which has already killed over 4,000 in West Africa, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has disseminated a circular on Ebola prevention. In a statement Wednesday, the Labor Department (DOLE) said the circular by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) was aimed at […]

Posted by: on Oct 16, 2014 read more

Solons decry failure to enforce oil spill law

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Legislators investigating last year’s massive oil spill in Iloilo province decried the failure of government agencies to implement the oil spill compensation law enacted in 2007. Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares asked officials of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) to officially explain why the agencies had not collected […]

Posted by: on Oct 15, 2014 read more

All roads lead to Subic for shipping firms

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More shipping firms are considering opening routes from Subic to Singapore and Shanghai, as more enterprises start using this port in Central Luzon to avoid the container congestion in Manila, the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority said. In a statement, SBMA Chair Roberto Garcia said NYK was “seriously thinking of establishing a Subic-Singapore route.” Garcia said […]

Posted by: on Oct 14, 2014 read more

Capesize carriers rates for Asia seen to drop


Rates for capesize bulk carriers on key Asian routes are again likely to fall as the volume of tonnage limits any price gains from an increase in chartering activity, brokers said. Freight rates for a voyage from Australia to China have steadily fallen since Sept. 30 and are the lowest since May 22. Rates from […]

Posted by: on Oct 20, 2014 read more

EU shipowners worried over new regulation

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European shipowners are concerned by the intention of the Italian Presidency of the Council to move full steam ahead with an inter-institutional agreement on the EU Regulation for Monitoring, Reporting and Verification system of carbon dioxide emissions from maritime transport (EU MRV Regulation) which could potentially include commercial and operational information. ECSA urges EU decision-makers […]

Posted by: on Oct 18, 2014 read more

ITF protests arrest of port workers in Jordan

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The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has contacted the government of Jordan over the arrests on Tuesday of around 150 trade unionists at the Aqaba Container Terminals facility run by APM Terminals. The port workers had begun a strike on Monday which the police action appears to have been designed to break. Strikebreakers are reportedly […]

Posted by: on Oct 17, 2014 read more

Storm causes ship collision in Sydney harbor

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Heroic efforts by tug boat operators and ship pilots averted major damage to Sydney’s commercial port on Tuesday night, after the super storm that hit the city snapped the mooring lines of a 67,000-tonne container vessel, causing it to collide with another ship and shear the mooring lines of a third vessel. Hapag-Lloyd vessel the […]

Posted by: on Oct 16, 2014 read more

EU maritime industry issues Ebola guidelines

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A number of EU nations have released guidelines for the shipping industry in response to the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West African countries. In Spain, where the first case of an individual contracting Ebola outside of Africa occurred, all vessels must submit their Health Maritime Declaration prior to arrival at port. Health authorities […]

Posted by: on Oct 15, 2014 read more

IMO chief sees increased demand for seafarers

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International Maritime Organisation Secretary General, Koji Sekimizu said growth in world’s seaborne trade will mean half a million seafarers currently working in the industry needs to increase to 850,000 by 2030. Sekimizu also said the ‘seafarer’s life must be made more attractive’ to ensure that the shipping industry is prepared to meet the challenges ahead. […]

Posted by: on Oct 15, 2014 read more

Cyprus Shipping Propels Economic Recovery


Cyprus, the beautiful island country in the eastern part of the Mediterranean marvelously sprang a 5.1 percent growth in its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) this year having an additional 2 percentage points to the national output brought by its maritime industry, particularly the ship-management sector. It is a well-renowned major shipping hub and international business […]

Posted by: on Oct 15, 2014 read more

Declare energy status of all ships, IMO told

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Shipping efficiency data should not be withheld by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) but made transparent so the industry can improve environmental performance, campaign groups have said. Transport & Environment, Seas at Risk and Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room argue that a lack of publicly available data on the energy performance of individual ships is […]

Posted by: on Oct 13, 2014 read more

Tinig ng Marino 108 – PH marks 1st Year of MLC 2006 – September – October 2014

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Posted by: on Oct 03, 2014 read more

Tinig ng Marino 107 – A Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers – July- August 2014

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Tinig ng Marino 106 – MARINA collecting charges instead of milestones – May – June 2014

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