PNoy – Filipino worth fighting for

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President Benigno Aquino III turned emotional Monday in disputing accusations from critics that he was turning his back on the people. Aquino, whose voice cracking with emotion, stressed that he can’t turn his back on the people because doing so would be like disparaging the sacrifices of his parents, the late senator Benigno and the […]

Posted by: on Jul 28, 2014 read more

Where’s the transparency, MARINA? Maritime industry bemoans IRR proceedings


The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) has yet again earned the ire of maritime stakeholders at the manner in which the former handled the private sector consultation for the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) for RA 10635, “An act establishing the MARINA as the single maritime administration responsible for the implementation and enforcement of the 1978 […]

Posted by: on Jul 28, 2014 read more

MARINA and UFS in War and Peace


Ramirez’s motives are easily explained: “By Dr. Max Meija’s first three months of office, there has already been two major
maritime disasters.

Posted by: on Jul 28, 2014 read more

Batangas port exceeds ’13 volume in H1 2014


BATANGAS Container Terminal (BCT) — the port being managed by Asian Terminals, Inc. (ATI) and positioned as an alternative to the already-congested Port of Manila — saw last year’s volumes surpassed in the first half alone, ATI said in a statement last weekend. “Coming off a strong first quarter which saw cargoes grow by 194%, […]

Posted by: on Jul 28, 2014 read more

‘Reforms, reforms’ in PNoy’s 2014 SONA

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Reforms will likely be the focus of President Benigno S. C. Aquino III’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) today, his fifth since taking office in 2010 and coming at a time of declining satisfaction ratings and impeachment charges. “No advanced information … [but] if we look at his previous SONA speeches we could say […]

Posted by: on Jul 28, 2014 read more

BOC heigthens measures vs. dubious mails, parcels


The Bureau of Customs (BOC)-Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), through its non-intrusive inspection team, has intensified its operations against illegal drugs hidden in airmail and parcels sent and received through the Philippine post and express courier services. The implementation of stricter inspection of mail and parcels came as authorities confiscated a letter bound for Israel […]

Posted by: on Jul 27, 2014 read more

Gov’t bans deployment of OFWs to Gaza Strip

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The Philippine government has imposed a total ban on the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in the troubled Gaza Strip, where the conflict between Israel and Palestine has already resulted in over 700 deaths. The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Governing Board formalized the deployment ban through Resolution No. 18, which was approved after […]

Posted by: on Jul 26, 2014 read more

MARINA IRR as ‘super’ maritime agency out

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The transportation department has issued the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) on an act establishing the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) as the sole administrator in the enforcement of Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) for Seafarers. Under the IRR, Marina assumes “all powers and functions of the Professional Regulation Commission, Commission on Higher Education, […]

Posted by: on Jul 25, 2014 read more

Singaporean ship sinks off China

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A general cargoship has capsized and partially sunk off China, but all crew were rescued. The 14,400-dwt Ana (built 1982) initially suffered a mechanical problem north of the Taiwan strait on 7 July, Maritime Bulletin reported. It was towed to safety and anchored off Lianjiang. But the Chinese coast guard said it started dragging its […]

Posted by: on Jul 25, 2014 read more

Owner of ill-fated Korean ship found dead

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South Korean police said Tuesday they had found the body of fugitive business tycoon Yoo Byung-Eun, the target of a months-long manhunt connected to April’s Sewol ferry disaster that claimed around 300 lives. The heavily decomposed corpse of the 73-year-old Yoo was discovered on June 12 lying on the ground in a plum orchard in […]

Posted by: on Jul 21, 2014 read more

Unions slam Aussie gov’t for neglecting maritime workers

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Unions have accused the Abbott Government of selling out maritime workers by invalidating legislation deeming oil and gas projects to be within Australia’s migration zone. Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Michaelia Cash insisted the controversial move was necessary to restore certainty to the $200 billion offshore oil and gas sector. Senator Cash issued […]

Posted by: on Jul 19, 2014 read more

Captain gets 16 months in jail for HK mishap

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The master of a Chinese cargo ship which rammed into another cargo vessel in fog last year, has been sentenced to 16 months in jail, local reports said. The collision off the south coast of Hong Kong caused the death of six crew on the other vessel. A Hong Kong court found that Ruan Cuncai […]

Posted by: on Jul 08, 2014 read more

Concordia heads for scrapyard in Genoa

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The wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise liner that capsized off the Tuscany coast in 2012, killing 32 people, will be demolished and scrapped in the port of Genoa, the Italian government decided on Monday. The decision for the work to be done in Genoa, in northern Italy, followed a choice last month by Costa […]

Posted by: on Jul 06, 2014 read more

France ratifies 2009 Hong Kong Convention

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France has deposited its instrument of ratification in respect of the 2009 Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships (the Hong Kong Convention) with the general secretariat of the IMO. This convention is an important step toward ship dismantling that is safe for workers and environmentally friendly. It is notably aimed at […]

Posted by: on Jul 06, 2014 read more

Pirates run away with diesel-loaded tanker off Malaysia

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The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has confirmed that about 700,000 liters of diesel worth over US$434, 000 (RM1.4 million) was looted from the tanker MT Ai Maru by pirates off Malaysia on Saturday evening. The MMEA said they were also investigating the involvement of the 13 Thai crewmen and the Indonesian captain. The ship, […]

Posted by: on Jul 06, 2014 read more

Singapore shipping body sails with new executive director


The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) is delighted to announce that Michael Phoon has been appointed as the new executive director of the SSA as a result of the forthcoming retirement of Daniel Tan after 29 years of dedicated service to the association. Phoon, 53, will formally take over the position on August 1st. He holds […]

Posted by: on Jul 05, 2014 read more

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

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

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Fate of Pinoy seafarers in EU ships to be known in June


The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has met with the European Union (EU) to plead the government’s case and prevent the banning of Filipino seafarers from European ships. The possibility of blacklisting Filipino officers was raised following an audit in October last year by the EU’s European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), which reportedly uncovered […]

Posted by: on Mar 27, 2014 read more