Spanish Coastguard Rescues Filipino Sailors


Five Filipino sailors have been rescued by the Spanish coastguard after their boat became caught in a storm off northwestern Spain. The sailors were lifted from the Esnaad 715, an United Arab Emirates-flagged supply ship, which was “in danger of sinking” 50 nautical miles from the port of La Coruna. “The rescue operation was complicated […]

Posted by: on Feb 10, 2016 read more

DOLE-12 braces for return of OFWs from conflict-ridden Middle East


General Santos City – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Region 12 is bracing for the influx of returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) from the Middle East in the wake of brewing conflict in the area. Ofelia Domingo, DOLE Region 12 director, said they have laid out various measures to ensure that the […]

Posted by: on Feb 09, 2016 read more

Coast Guard contains Batangas oil spill


MANILA, Philippines – Some 100 liters of bunker fuel oil spilled from the Chevron Philippines Batangas terminal into Batangas Bay last Tuesday, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) reported. The oil spill was contained at around 6 p.m. of the same day. According to PCG Southern Tagalog district chief Commodore Rolando Legaspi, at 5 p.m. on […]

Posted by: on Feb 04, 2016 read more

Taxi driver draws samurai sword, hurts, threatens to kill seaman passenger


Cabbie rage Editorial: PDI January 24th, 2016 excerpts Unpleasant, indeed scary, incidents involving cabbies in the metro have been all over the news, and it’s partly because they can now be reported on social media. The cabbies recorded range from arrogant to foul-mouthed to violent, with one incident even involving—horrors—a samurai sword. What in […]

Posted by: on Feb 03, 2016 read more

Dry-dock leaves Guam for Philippines


(Photo: U.S. Navy photos by Jeff Landis, Major (USMC, Ret.)) A rusty, floating dry-dock almost the size of two football fields has been towed off Apra Harbor where it’s been based for almost half a century. The Richland dry-dock, once used to repair military ships and submarines in Guam, is on a journey to the […]

Posted by: on Feb 01, 2016 read more

Royal Caribbean recruits 30,000 Pinoy crew

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Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL), the world’s largest cruising company, yesterday announced it is hiring a total of 30,000 Filipino crew members over the next five years from the current 11,000 as it expands its fleet and routes to Asia. RCL Chairman and CEO Richard D. Fain is in town as the company entered into […]

Posted by: on Jan 28, 2016 read more

Domestic shipping firms told to adjust fares, cargo rates

Domestic shipping firms told to adjust fares, cargo rates

The Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) has enjoined “all” domestic shipping companies, operators and all others concerned to ‘‘reasonably’’ adjust their passenger and cargo rates due to current ‘‘falling oil prices.’’ Dr. Maximo Q. Mejia Jr., Marina administrator, in the Authority Advisory No. 2016-04, series of 2016, explained that said rates adjustment is needed in view […]

Posted by: on Jan 28, 2016 read more

8 BOC collectors axed over poor performance

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MANILA, Philippines – Poor performance and not politics was the apparent reason why eight port collectors of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) have been removed from their posts. Reading from a BOC report, Marikina Rep. Romero Quimbo, who chairs the House ways and means committee, said yesterday that most of the eight – all retired […]

Posted by: on Jan 27, 2016 read more

Drewry: To Slow Steam or Not to Slow Steam?


Bunker prices are now at a low level not seen since the early 2000s and with much lower marine fuel prices big containerships’ cost advantages are dwindling, according to Drewry Maritime Advisors. When bunker prices increased five-fold, to levels in excess of USD 600 per tonne, lines responded with a number of cost saving measures […]

Posted by: on Feb 10, 2016 read more

Maersk containership hijacked off Nigeria

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Coming just days after Peregrine Shipping tanker Leon Dias was freed from hijackers, a Maersk Line-managed containership has been hijacked and subsequently released off the Nigerian coast. Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a statement that it received a report on Friday evening that the Singapore-registered containership Safmarine Kuramowas hijacked off the coast of Nigeria. […]

Posted by: on Feb 09, 2016 read more

FSL Trust Forced to Sell Boxship Duo amid Lack of Charter Interest


FSL Trust Management Pte, the trusteemanager of First Ship Lease Trust, has sold two containerships for USD 10.8 million as it failed to find further employment for the boxships in an already oversupplied market. Ever Radiant and Ever Respect are Japanese-built, 4,229 TEU containerships built in 1994 and 1995 respectively. The two vessels have been on bareboat charter to […]

Posted by: on Feb 06, 2016 read more

Filipino, Russian seamen held hostage in Nigeria


  LAGOS, Nigeria—The crew of an oil tanker hijacked inNigerian waters is from Russia, Georgia and the Philippines and is probably being held hostage for ransom, a shipping security expert said on Thursday. Claims the Greek-owned MT Leon Dias was boarded last week by separatists espousing an independent state of Biafra in southeast Nigeria likely […]

Posted by: on Feb 05, 2016 read more

Oakland Port Terminal Files for Bankruptcy

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Port of Oakland By MarEx 2016-02-01 18:31:34 The U.S. Port of Oakland’s Outer Harbor Terminal filed for Chapter 11 protection on Monday, two weeks after one of its biggest tenants said it was terminating a 50-year lease with the northern California port. Last month, Ports America, one of the largest marine cargo operators in the […]

Posted by: on Feb 03, 2016 read more

Bahrain, Saudi Arabia Ban Iranian Ships from Their Ports


Bahrain and Saudi Arabia have banned Iranian-flagged vessels from their ports, Gard said citing a GAC correspondent. As disclosed, the imposed restrictions introduced by the two countries stipulate that no dealings are to be undertaken with Iranian flagged vessels until further notice. What is more, any vessel, regardless of its flag, that has visited Iran […]

Posted by: on Feb 02, 2016 read more

NYK Line Posts Loss on Dry Bulk Fleet Revaluation


Image: NYK Line India  Japan’s Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) has posted a $277.5mln extraordinary loss in the third quarter of year ended 31 March 2016 as it reduced the book value of its fleet inline with current market prices and expectations. The extraordinary loss came after it re-assessed the recoverable value of its dry bulk […]

Posted by: on Feb 01, 2016 read more

Iran returns to the market: Tanker owners still not sure what is permitted and what isn’t

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The return of Iran’s oil in the global market is bound to mark a significant shift in trade patterns and impact the tanker market, mostly in a good way, at least according to shipbrokers and shipping analysts. However, as shipbroker Gibson pointed out recently, “while we have finally seen a resolution to the Iranian sanctions […]

Posted by: on Jan 31, 2016 read more

Tinig ng Marino 116 – Zero Hour for EMSA Audit Approaches: Will it be a Champagne or Humble Pie for MARINA?

Posted by: on Jan 31, 2016 read more

Tinig ng Marino 115 – Oaths, Dirty Tricks, and Marina: A lesson in manipulation?

Oaths, Dirty Tricks, and Marina
Posted by: on Jan 04, 2016 read more

Tinig ng Marino 114 – BZ Alpha Navigation

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