Missing ‘rice contraband’ boat found off Sulu


The boat carrying millions of pesos worth of smuggled rice from Sandakan, Malaysia, which mysteriously disappeared from the port here after it was seized by Navy men, was intercepted off Sulu on Wednesday. Miguel Saquisami, Bureau of Customs district collector here, said ML Ayang is now being escorted back to the city port by the […]

Posted by: on Dec 19, 2014 read more

Fishers groups ask Palace to scuttle ‘oppressive’ Fisheries Code


In an appeal submitted to the Office of the President, the Alliance of Philippine Fishing Federations, Inc. — composed of operators of commercial fishing vessels — tagged the 2014 Amendments to the Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998 as “oppressive, confiscatory, cruel and unusual.” Resistance to the amendments represents a potential hurdle to Philippine efforts to […]

Posted by: on Dec 18, 2014 read more

PPA urges port users to speed up cargo retrieval

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The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has urged importers to step up the pace of their container withdrawals at the two Manila ports, to prevent cargo from piling up during the 10 days of yearend holidays. The PPA said in a statement that the non-working days of Dec. 24-28 and Dec.30-Jan. 4 will prevent importers from […]

Posted by: on Dec 18, 2014 read more

Boat with smuggled rice vanishes in thin air in Zambo port


About P9-million worth of smuggled rice has gone missing —along with the motor boat carrying it— three days after it was intercepted by the Philippine Navy in Zamboanga City. The missing contraband was part of 16,000 50-kilo sacks of imported rice, loaded on four launches that were intercepted on the shoreline of the Recodo district […]

Posted by: on Dec 17, 2014 read more

Seafarers remittance grows 8.1%


Personal remittances from overseas Filipinos (OFs) in October 2014 amounted to US$2.5 billion, increasing by 6.9 percent from the level sent in October last year. On a year-to-date basis (January-October), therefore, remittances grew by 6.7 percent to US$22 billion, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Amando M. Tetangco, Jr. announced today. Sea-based remittances grew by 8.1 […]

Posted by: on Dec 17, 2014 read more

Dangers of Enclosed Spaces on Shipboard Operations, Safety Precautionary Procedures

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An enclosed space should never be entered without proper safety precautions. Numerous fatalities and accidents have occurred with seafarers, surveyors, stevedores, shoreside workers, and many others simply because of improper onboard practices. The reality behind these tragedies is one that should be properly addressed at an early stage to prevent further damages and unforeseen and […]

Posted by: on Dec 16, 2014 read more

Gov’t lifts Roxas blvd. truck ban for Christmas

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First the good news. Cargo trucks will soon be making a comeback on Roxas Boulevard after Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras and trucking groups asked for some consideration to speed up the delivery of goods before Christmas. The bad news, however, is that truckers will be allowed to use the express lane on the busy […]

Posted by: on Dec 15, 2014 read more

Robert Rey Gambe: UFS Future Ex-President

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The road to success for Robert Rey Gambe was paved by his mentor, Engr. Nelson P. Ramirez, the incumbent president and founder of United Filipino Seafarers (UFS). Fame and fortune was within his reach, until Gambe took an unfortunate gamble and opted to take a shortcut through nefarious means. Unlike his mentor who started the […]

Posted by: on Dec 15, 2014 read more

Russia fails to bring home Cold War ship relic from France

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Hundreds of Russian sailors pulled out of a French port Thursday, bearing perfumes for their loved ones but lacking the controversial bounty they came for: a 1-billion-euro, French-built warship that has become a hostage to the biggest East-West conflict since the Cold War. The Vladivostok helicopter carrier is part of a strange and divisive arms […]

Posted by: on Dec 19, 2014 read more

Collision at sea off Suez leaves 11 dead


A dawn collision between two vessels in the Gulf of Suez left at least 11 fishermen dead and 18 missing on Sunday, Egyptian officials said. The vessel that struck the fishing boat carrying 40 men failed to stop following the accident, said Bakri Abul Hassan, the head of Egypt’s main fishermen’s trade union. The accident […]

Posted by: on Dec 15, 2014 read more

Bangladesh oil clean-up begins amid fears of ecological ‘catastrophe’


Bangladeshi fishermen, using sponges and sacks, have begun cleaning up a huge oil spill in a protected area that is home to rare dolphins, after environmentalists warned of an ecological “catastrophe”. Thousands of liters of oil have spilled into the protected Sundarbans mangrove area, home to rare Irrawaddy and Ganges dolphins, since a tanker collided […]

Posted by: on Dec 14, 2014 read more

Suez Canal expansion seen to lure in “deadly” sea species from Red Sea


For a month or two every summer, beaches across the south-eastern Mediterranean might be packed but the inviting seas remain suspiciously empty. It’s jellyfish season, and the “nomads” are out in force. Bathers avoid the sea while the swarm is offshore; their stings are painful and may last weeks, and one is likely to feel […]

Posted by: on Dec 10, 2014 read more

IMO adopts Polar Code; amends SOLAS

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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has finalized the Polar Code and adopted amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, or the SOLAS, which will create mandatory safety requirements for ships operating in Arctic and Antarctic waters. These requirements, which are in addition to the standard SOLAS regulations, will enter into […]

Posted by: on Dec 10, 2014 read more

Boat with African migrants sinks off Yemen

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A boat carrying African migrants has sunk off Yemen’s western coast, killing 70 people, Yemeni officials say. The boat, carrying mostly Ethiopian migrants, sank off Yemen’s al-Makha port due to strong winds and rough waves, security officials said. Tens of thousands attempt to cross the Red Sea into Yemen every year, often in rickety, overcrowded […]

Posted by: on Dec 09, 2014 read more

China’s take over of new Nicaraguan Canal creates jitters

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A hundred or so people have gathered under the intense midday sun at the main crossroads in this village on the south-westerly edge of majestic Lake Nicaragua. Many of those who’ve come together here to protest have been loyal supporters of President Daniel Ortega since he was part of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) […]

Posted by: on Dec 04, 2014 read more

Cruise ship picks up body of dead fisherman off Auckland

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A fisherman’s body was found in the waters of Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf last night by a passing cruise ship. The man was reported overdue from a fishing trip in The Hauraki Gulf on Tuesday morning, police said. Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust crewman Mark Cannell said a cruise ship sent out a distress call after the […]

Posted by: on Dec 03, 2014 read more

Tinig ng Marino 109 – UFS Soaring High at 20

Posted by: on Nov 27, 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

Posted by: on Sep 02, 2014 read more