Navy ships to get modern cannons, sensors

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The two most modern warships of the Navy will be upgraded with sensors and cannons as part of the effort to strengthen the country’s territorial defense capabilities. Navy spokesperson Lcdr. Marineth Domingo said the BRP Gregorio del Pilar and BRP Ramon Alcaraz would be equipped with 25 mm Bushmaster auto cannons that would complement their […]

Posted by: on Aug 26, 2014 read more

PPA boasts of licking congestion problem

PPA geneal manager Juan Sta Ana

Government port officials are confident that they are now in control of the congestion issue that has crippled trade in and out of the capital for much of the past six weeks. This weekend another 3,000 containers will be shifted to Subic Bay with Manila’s two port operators chartering a Hanjin ship for P14m to […]

Posted by: on Aug 25, 2014 read more

PH formally becomes MLC compliant this August

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The Philippines formally deposited its ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006) with the International Labour Office (ILO) last August 20, 2014. This ratification meant that the stringent formula for entry into force (at least 30 countries representing at least 33 per cent of the world gross tonnage of ships) was achieved and […]

Posted by: on Aug 25, 2014 read more

Pinoy seafarer in Togo afflicted with flu, not Ebola

West Africa

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said over the weekend that the Filipino seafarer feared to have contracted Ebola in Togo, West Africa tested negative for the deadly virus. DFA spokesman Charles Jose said in a text message, “Our embassy in Nigeria reported [the] test on the Filipino national yielded negative results for Ebola; he […]

Posted by: on Aug 24, 2014 read more

New Navy ship crosses equator enroute to Australia

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On Friday, when the Philippine Navy ship BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF-16) crossed the equator as it sailed to Australia, 105 crew members were made to appear before “King Neptune’s court” which indoctrinated them into the “mysteries of the deep.” The event is part of the time-honored tradition in the Navy known as “crossing the line […]

Posted by: on Aug 24, 2014 read more

DOLE beats MARINA in assesing MLC compliance of 9,000 domestic ships?


The labor department, risking usurpation of vested powers given to Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) under a new law as sole maritime authority, has begun inspection of domestic sea carriers for compliance with the internationally recognized Maritime Labor Convention (MLC) of 2006. Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said at least 60,000 Filipino seafarers could soon look forward […]

Posted by: on Aug 23, 2014 read more

Pinoy seafarer held in Togo for suspected Ebola exposure

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A Filipino seafarer is being tested for possible Ebola virus contamination after his vessel docked in Togo before the weekend. A senior Togo health official said the Filipino is one of two suspected cases being closely monitored for the virus. The official did not elaborate on how, where and when the two suspected Ebola cases […]

Posted by: on Aug 23, 2014 read more

North Harbor cargo volume up 6% in H1

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Container throughput at the Manila North Harbor grew 6.03% to 436,312 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) in the first half of the year from 409,990 TEUs year-on-year. Manila North Harbour Port Inc. chief executive officer Richard D. Barclay attributed the growth partly to logistics provider 2GO consolidating its services at the domestic hub early this year. […]

Posted by: on Aug 21, 2014 read more

Keppel unloads stake in Vietnam venture

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Keppel Corp. has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Joy Pride Investments, has disposed of its 35% shareholding interest PV Drilling Overseas Company (PVDO) to PetroVietnam Drilling and Well Service Corporation and Overseas Drilling Holdings for $350. Joy Pride Investment acquired the equity of PVDO in July 2013, from Falcon Energy Group at the same price. […]

Posted by: on Aug 26, 2014 read more

Maersk sees bigger 2014 profit

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Danish shipping and oil conglomerate AP Moeller Maersk raised its full-year profit guidance over the weekend after quarterly results were boosted by a strong performance by its container shipping business. It also said it would return about $1.0 billion (749 million euros) to shareholders over the next year through a share-buyback program. The group, which […]

Posted by: on Aug 25, 2014 read more

Egyptian captain & crew found dead in India port

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The captain and an electrician of an Egyptian ship, Wadi Sudr, have been found dead under mysterious circumstances at India’s Dahej port. The bodies of Hany Abdelmaksoud Mahmoud, 39, and Captain Vagdi Mohamed Ahmed Ali, 40, were found onboard the vessel last Thursday night. They were pronounced dead on arrival by the local hospital. The […]

Posted by: on Aug 24, 2014 read more

Boat with 200 people sinks off Libya


A wooden boat carrying up to 200 migrants has sunk just one kilometre (half a mile) off the Libyan coast, the coast guard said on Saturday, and most passengers were feared drowned. The local coast guard said it had no boats of its own and had to commandeer fishing vessels in a rescue attempt after […]

Posted by: on Aug 24, 2014 read more

Russia seizes Japanese whaling ship

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Russian authorities have been questioning the crew of a seized Japanese whaling ship after the ship reportedly deviated from a pre-approved route during a trip to survey whaling grounds in the Sea of Okhotsk – a plan worked out by the International Whaling Commission. The Shonan Maru No. 2 was conducting a visual survey of […]

Posted by: on Aug 23, 2014 read more

Maersk sets record in hauling biggest volume of boxes

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A cargo ship run by Danish shipping and oil conglomerate AP Moeller Maersk has set the world record by hauling 17,603 containers, World Maritime news reports. The Maersk Triple-E, the world’s largest ship, set the mark on July 21 when it left Algeciras, Spain, on its way to Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia. The Triple-E has a […]

Posted by: on Aug 23, 2014 read more

Japan freezes assets of ‘rogue’ Nokor shipping firm


Japan on Friday froze the assets of the operator of a North Korean ship seized for smuggling arms, the Foreign Ministry said, just as Tokyo is engaged in talks with Pyongyang to return Japanese citizens kidnapped by North Korean agents decades ago. The sanction against Ocean Maritime Management, which operated the ship detained near the […]

Posted by: on Aug 20, 2014 read more

Oilspill shuts down Ohio river

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The Coast Guard, Environmental Protection Agency Region Four and Five as well as Ohio and Kentucky officials are responding to a reported 8,000 gallon diesel spill from the Duke Energy W.C. Beckjord Power Station near Cincinnati, Ohio. The Coast Guard Captain of the Port Ohio Valley has established a safety zone on the Ohio River […]

Posted by: on Aug 20, 2014 read more

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

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Tinig ng Marino 105 – MARINA’S death wish for the seafaring industry – March – April 2014

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Tinig ng Marino 104 – Marina’s ship is sinking – January – February 2014

Posted by: on May 15, 2014 read more