All set for Apec Summit in Cebu

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The Interagency Maritime Security Task Unit, which has been mandated to secure the venue and delegates of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit, will deploy more than 400 personnel and floating assets. Commodore Enrico Evangelista, commander of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) 7, will head the unit. Evangelista said the security group is composed of […]

Posted by: on Jul 27, 2015 read more

Mindanao leaders back amended Cabotage Law

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“The President’s approval of the amendments to the Cabotage Law would be expected to hasten improvement of Mindanao’s cargo shipping industry and encourage efficient services that will result to more a competitive business climate,” said Secretary Luwalhati Antonino, chair of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA.) She added the amendments to the law could usher increased services of […]

Posted by: on Jul 24, 2015 read more

Modernizing small inter-island ferries

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A number of lawmakers are asking the Department of Transportation and Communication for a review of the Philippine Coast Guard’s “no-sail” guideline, admittedly at the behest of ship owners as well as ferry boat and coastwise service operators. The ruling, which was issued in 2013, is being contested more for economic reasons, it seems. Partisan […]

Posted by: on Jul 22, 2015 read more

Pinoy seafarers among crewmen in seized ‘Sunflower E’ ship in Newport

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A CARGO ship that previously held stranded workers remains docked in Newport. The Italian cargo ship Sunflower E was seized by authorities due to unpaid debts shortly after it docked in Newport in March this year. The crew of 13 Indonesian, Filipino and Romanian workers were stranded on the shop for nearly four months, without […]

Posted by: on Jul 20, 2015 read more

1 dead as Singaporean-flagged vessel runs aground off Ilocos

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At least one crew member was reported dead while 20 were rescued after a Singaporean-flagged vessel ran aground in Northern Luzon Friday afternoon. Initial information reaching the Coast Guard indicated the 20 rescued crew members were to be brought to La Union, radio dzBB’s Mao dela Cruz reported Saturday. The fatality was initially identified as […]

Posted by: on Jul 19, 2015 read more

MISLOADING? WHAT A SHAME

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Is Dr. Maximo Mejia Jr. — MARINA administrator; graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy; a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy in Fletcher School; a Master of Science in Maritime Safety Administration from the World Maritime University; a Doctor of Philosophy from Lund University; and a professor in the World Maritime University for the […]

Posted by: on Jul 13, 2015 read more

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By: Alex Magno The 62nd casualty of the sinking of M/B Kim Nirvana, a mere toddler, was recovered from the sea last Monday. That nails the evidence the ill-fated craft was carrying much more passengers than was allowed under the rules. This is no longer just a case of human error on the part of […]

Posted by: on Jul 09, 2015 read more

Neglect

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Fine. The owner and the captain of M/B Kim Nirvana have been taken into custody and charged with murder. Global media dutifully reported the action of Philippine authorities. Why the case filed is for “murder” and not the more sustainable “negligence resulting in homicide” makes one suspicious. The more severe charge filed was indeed dramatic […]

Posted by: on Jul 07, 2015 read more

Filipino crew repatriated from bulker arrested in Greece

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Athens: Twenty of the 24 Filipino crew on board a bulk carrier detained in Greece are to be repatriated after being stranded for four months. The Panama-flagged handysize Golden Arrow III (34,200 dwt, built 1972) was arrested at Greece’s Aliveri Port on April 5 due to unpaid wages and outstanding financial obligations to the crew […]

Posted by: on Jul 28, 2015 read more

Kayaktivists protest Shell oil drilling ship in Portland

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The fight against drilling for oil in the Arctic has come to Portland. Climate change activists kayaked to Swan Island Friday night and then again on Saturday afternoon, to protest a drilling support ship that arrived in Portland for repairs. Some also lined up on shore, waving signs with slogans like, “Shell No, Save the […]

Posted by: on Jul 27, 2015 read more

MARITIME UNION COMES TO THE HELP OF DISTRESSED CREW ONBOARD ARRESTED VESSEL

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The crew of the Panamanian-flagged bulk carrier Lancelot V., which has been stuck in the Port of Tauranga for three weeks, have received interim payments after unions intervened following several months of serious problems. The Greek owned and Panamanian flagged bulk carrier Lancelot V is under arrest at the Port of Tauranga, where the International […]

Posted by: on Jul 24, 2015 read more

IMO cracking down on container weights

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The container fundamentally changed that. With the container loaded and sealed often far away from the port, the captain only knows what he is told on a piece of paper, because opening every container to see what’s actually inside is impossible. As a result, the vast economic efficiencies achieved by container shipping also created a […]

Posted by: on Jul 22, 2015 read more

Insight – Is it end of the line for South Asia’s ship graveyards?

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In the world’s biggest ship recycling centre of Alang on India’s Arabian Sea coast, workers with blow torches cut segments of steel stripped from the rusting hull of a towering cargo ship, sold for scrap by its Japanese owner. But in this town – located in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat – […]

Posted by: on Jul 20, 2015 read more

Ro-Ro cargo ship sinks near Safaga in Red Sea, 37 people rescued

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Ro-ro cargo vessel TABA capsized and sank some 20 nautical miles from Safaga (Egypt) in the Red sea shortly after leaving the port on July 5. The vessel was bound for Dhiba, Saudi Arabia. The Red Sea Ports Authority informed that all 37 people on board, passengers and crew, were rescued from the sinking ship by Egyptian […]

Posted by: on Jul 07, 2015 read more

Lim Ki-tack Named New IMO Secretary General

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Lim Ki-tack, president of the Busan Port Authority in South Korea, has been elected the new Secretary-General of the IMO. Today’s decision was passed down by a secret ballet vote of the 40-member IMO Council, which is holding its 114 session this week. Lim beat out five other candidates from Cyprus, Russia, Philippines, Denmark and […]

Posted by: on Jul 01, 2015 read more

Orkim Harmony: MMEA Says Shipowner Waited Too Long Before Alerting Authorities to Tanker’s Disappearance

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Deputy director-general Vice-Admiral Maritime Datuk Ahmad Puzi Ab Kahar says Orkim only notified authorities 10 hours after they lost contact with Orkim Harmony. Vice Admiral Ahmad Puzi Ab Kahar, deputy director general of the operations unit of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), has criticised the owner of missing tanker MT Okrim Harmony for waiting too long before contacting authorities after […]

Posted by: on Jun 20, 2015 read more

Tinig ng Marino 112 – Maritime Industry In Crisis

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Posted by: on Jun 05, 2015 read more

Tinig ng Marino 111 – Marina Makes A Bold Move

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Posted by: on Apr 06, 2015 read more

Tinig ng Marino 110 – TNM Super 12 Aces

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Posted by: on Feb 09, 2015 read more