Pinoy seafarers survive tragic Korean ferry disaster

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Two Filipino seafarers were rescued from the doomed South Korean ferry that capsized and sank last Wednesday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said before Good Friday. “Our Embassy in Seoul has confirmed that there are no Filipino casualties in the sinking of Korean vessel Sewol,” DFA spokesman Charles Jose said in a text message. […]

Posted by: on Apr 18, 2014 read more

Seafarers send more dollars than land-based OFWs in Jan-Feb.


Filipino seafarers have remitted more to their families in January and February of 2014 amid the general slowing down in total remittances of all migrant workers, sending a two-month total of $903 million. The two-month remittances by seafarers represented a 10.3 percent growth compared to last year and higher than the 5.6 percent expansion in […]

Posted by: on Apr 17, 2014 read more

‘De-recognition’ only way to force PH to adopt corrective measures


European maritime officials appear dead set in teaching the country a lesson or two in compliance as past verdicts of their maritime regulators point to de-recognition as most preferred option. This came to fore after the EU’s Directorate Group for Mobilization and Transport (DG MOVE) opined that a country of interest must be subjected to […]

Posted by: on Apr 16, 2014 read more

OFWs, seafarers holding on to their dollars as remittances dip


The growth in the inflow of cash remittances from the country’s migrant workers, including seafarers, slowed for the second consecutive month in February after hitting a record-high expansion in December last year, data from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) showed. Cash remittances grew by 5.6 percent in February to $1.796 billion. This represented slower […]

Posted by: on Apr 16, 2014 read more

Mejia on-line resign petition sets ablaze cyberspace

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UPDATED – The on-line petition for the resignation of embattled Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) chief Maximo Mejia Jr. has gained thousands in page views and likes just seven hours after it was officially posted in the Facebook and website of the United Filipino Seafarers (UFS), which is leading the cyber campaign. UFS hopes to get […]

Posted by: on Apr 14, 2014 read more

BCDA readies master transport plan for MM


The final feasibility study for a mass transport system that will connect four business districts in Metro Manila is expected to be released in October, the head of state-run Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) said over the weekend. “We expect the full feasibility study to be released in October 2014. We received the pre-feasibility […]

Posted by: on Apr 14, 2014 read more

Pacquiao redeems self with convincing win over Bradley

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It took two years, but Manny Pacquiao can finally say he has defeated Timothy Bradley Jr, bulldozing away the doubting Thomases. The Sarangani congressman, who lost the first time the two met in a controversial split decision, took down the previously-undefeated American by unanimous decision, 118-110, 116-112, 116-112, Saturday (Sunday, PHL time), in their WBO […]

Posted by: on Apr 13, 2014 read more

UFS leads industry in signature drive vs. Mejia


To ALL SEAFARER’S ONLINE SIGNATURE CAMPAIGN FOR 1 MILLION SHARE and 1 MILLION LIKES PLEASE MEJIA KA NAMAN MAG RESIGN KA NA!!! DR. MAXIMO Q. MEJIA JR. Ito ng dahilan…. (1) mala-sawang pila na hindi na nakatayo ngunit nakahiga na para makakuha ng CoP. (2) naglipanang mga pekeng certificates sa T.M. Kalaw na nahuli na […]

Posted by: on Apr 12, 2014 read more

300 missing from South Korea ferry sinking


Fears rose Thursday for the fate of 287 passengers still missing more than 24 hours after their ferry flipped onto its side and filled with water off the southern coast of South Korea. A coast guard official said the death toll was now confirmed at nine, but that is expected to rise sharply because the […]

Posted by: on Apr 18, 2014 read more

Maritime e-books by WHO now downloadable

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Witherby Digital has announced that it has now made maritime specific eBooks from the WHO (World Health Organisation) available to view and download via its Digital Publications Manager. The release of these four WHO eBooks follows the company’s previous development of eBooks for sister UN Agency, the IMO (International Maritime Organization). The WHO eBooks, including […]

Posted by: on Apr 17, 2014 read more

Int’l Maritime Bureau issues warning on fraudulent charter deals

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The ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has warned of new charter party fraud incidents and is advising that all counter-parties be investigated before deals are carried out. The warning comes after a case where a voyage charterer received payment for freight but failed to pass this on to the ship owner, who subsequently refused to […]

Posted by: on Apr 16, 2014 read more

Burmese seafarer falls to his death while ship loads cargoes

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A Myanmar national died on the spot due to serious injuries on his head after falling 15 metres from his ship to a barge berthed alongside it in Kuala Baram early afternoon during the weekend. Kwa Myat Khing, 44, a second officer of the ship, was monitoring his shipmen loading logs into the ship when […]

Posted by: on Apr 13, 2014 read more

France unloads stake in state-backed ferry venture

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French transport firm Transdev is in talks with Norway’s Siem Shipping about the sale of its stake in ferry operator SNCM, Transdev said in a letter to the transport ministry. In the March 30 letter, Transdev – jointly owned by water and waste group Veolia and French state-backed Caisse des Depots et Consignations said a […]

Posted by: on Apr 11, 2014 read more

Container business fails to reverse slide


The container industry remains in an extended down cycle, accentuated by the constant delivery of new ships, according to Drewry’s first quarter 2014 container forecaster report. Drewry said the global cascade is now hurting the balance of the north-south trades. “Some of these trade routes have also not lived up to expectations in terms of […]

Posted by: on Apr 10, 2014 read more

ILO confab tackles issues affecting seafarers

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The world’s leading maritime nations and representatives of ship owners and seafarers, will address the issues of abandonment of seafarers and the rapid settlement of claims for compensation in the case of a seafarer’s death or long-term disability. This will take place at the first meeting of a Special Tripartite Committee established under the ILO’s […]

Posted by: on Apr 10, 2014 read more

Pirates attacks seen staging vicious comeback in 2014


Dryad’s quarterly figures on maritime crime incidents reveal a steady cadence of all types of crime across three main areas, namely the Gulf of Guinea, Horn of Africa and Southeast Asia. Whilst the numbers do not point to a significant increase when compared to the same period last year, there have been some notable events […]

Posted by: on Apr 10, 2014 read more

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

Tinig ng Marino 103 – Marina snags own reforms – November – December 2013

Posted by: on Jan 08, 2014 read more

Tinig ng Marino 102 – Marina in Turmoil – September – October 2013

Posted by: on Jan 06, 2014 read more