Three southeast Asian nations to designate shipping corridor in piracy battle

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Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines on Monday agreed to designate a transit corridor for commercial vessels crossing a maritime zone hit by a spate of hijackings by Islamist militants in the southern Philippines. Nearly 20 Indonesian and Malaysian tugboat crew have been kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf militants this year, withJakarta airing fears that the problem […]

Posted by: on Jun 22, 2016 read more

Aquino expects ‘clarity’ in maritime entitlements in the South China Sea

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President Aquino is optimistic there will be “clarity” in maritime entitlements in the South China Sea once the country’s arbitration case against China is resolved. The President maintained that clarifying the rights of concerned parties in the disputed waters would help bring peace and stability in the region. The United Nations arbitration court is expected […]

Posted by: on Jun 16, 2016 read more

69 rescued from submerged motor banca in Agusan Del Norte, 1 dead

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“Mbca Jay-A” with 70 passengers onboard submerged while maneuvering at Magallanes Wharf, Agusan Del Norte last June 11 at 5:40AM. Investigation revealed that at 6PM of the same day, personnel of Coast Guard Station Butuan received a message from personnel of Maritime Police informing that Mbca Jay-A encountered engine trouble while maneuvering due to big […]

Posted by: on Jun 16, 2016 read more

PCG and BFP combat fire at the floating dry dock in Navotas

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Fishing vessel “F/V Tobias Reynald” caught fire while undergoing repair at the floating dry dock in Navotas Fish Port yesterday, June 14 at 4:35PM.  Initial inquiry revealed that the fire started at the pilot house where hot work was being conducted by the crew which also affected part of the bridge. Immediately, personnel of Coast […]

Posted by: on Jun 16, 2016 read more

Aground “M/V Belle Rose” damages coral reefs in Cebu

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“An estimated 483 meters of stretched of coral reefs on Monad Shoal were found to be damaged after a bulk carrier ran aground at said vicinity on June 13”, according to the PCG investigating team. M/V Belle Rose, a Panama-registered vessel of 29,104 tons and loaded with 48,000 tons of cement powder was transiting at […]

Posted by: on Jun 15, 2016 read more

M/V Belle Rose runs aground in Malapascua Island in Cebu

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A Panamanian-flagged motor vessel “M/V Belle Rose” reportedly ran aground at vicinity waters of Monad shoal, approximately four (4) nautical miles Southeast off Malapascua Island, Daanbantayan, Cebu at 3AM today, June 13. Initial reports revealed that CGS Cebu received a text message at 8:32 this morning from a certain Mr Gary Casis, a resident of […]

Posted by: on Jun 13, 2016 read more

Defense, diplomacy go hand-in-hand amid maritime disputes – expert

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Aside from crafting a diplomatic strategy, the Philippines under a new leadership must also capacitate its defense sector in the midst of territorial disputes vis-à-vis China, according to an expert. Aileen Baviera, a professor of Asian Studies at the University of the Philippines (UP), discussed in a public lecture her study titled “Domestic Stakeholders in […]

Posted by: on Jun 10, 2016 read more

China says the Philippines is ignoring a maritime talks proposal

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China said on Wednesday the Philippines has ignored a proposal for a regular talks mechanism over maritime issues, as it repeated that its door was always open to bilateral talks with Manila on the South China Sea. China claims most of the waters, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year. The Philippines, […]

Posted by: on Jun 09, 2016 read more

Bulk Carrier Hard Aground in Mauritius After Fight On Board

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A 44,000 DWT bulk carrier is hard aground in Mauritius after a fight apparently broke out on board among crew members, with some reports going as far as describing possible mutiny. Local media reports that Liberian-flagged MV Benita was sailing from India to Durban, South Africa when a fight erupted in the engine room Thursday night, […]

Posted by: on Jun 18, 2016 read more

Maritime terror major threat but Indian coasts secure: Rajnath Singh

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Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said that while maritime terror posed a major threat to India, the country’s coastline is now more secure due to a slew of initiatives taken by the government. “We are securing the Indian coastline by creating a chain of radars and automatic identification system (AIS) receivers. Consequent upon […]

Posted by: on Jun 17, 2016 read more

Korean Banks Hit Hard by Shipbuilding Woes

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After South Korea launched a KRW 11 trillion (USD 9.5 billion) worth fund for state-run banks, the country’s lenders could need more help to absorb the enormous shipbuilding losses, Bloomberg reported. According to data provided by Bloomberg, ten of South Korea’s shipbuilders have together accumulated a debt of some USD 38.2 billion. As the country’s major shipbuilding and […]

Posted by: on Jun 17, 2016 read more

U.S., India, Japan Begin to Shape New Order on Asia’s High Seas

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NEW DELHI—From the waters of the Philippine Sea this week emerged a partial outline of Washington’s vision for a new Asian maritime-security order that unites democratic powers to contend with a more-assertive and well-armed China. A U.S. Navy aircraft-carrier strike group along with warships from India and Japan jointly practiced anti-submarine warfare and air-defense and […]

Posted by: on Jun 16, 2016 read more

Hanjin Shipping Struggles to Cut Charter Rates

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Financially-troubled South Korean shipping major Hanjin Shipping failed to receive any positive response in its first round of talks with 22 shipowners in an effort to cut charter rates, according to Yonhap news agency. One of the company’s creditors reportedly said that Hanjin Shipping is expected to make some progress on the charter rates deal by early […]

Posted by: on Jun 15, 2016 read more

Pinoy Seaman reported hurt in China airport blast

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SHANGHAI — A man set off a home-made explosive at a terminal in Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport on Sunday, the city’s government said, injuring five people, including a Filipino. A tweet by the China Central Television said the injured included “one from the Philippines”. The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs is coordinating with the consulate […]

Posted by: on Jun 13, 2016 read more

Hong Kong eyes shipping boost from China’s new silk road, Iran

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Hong Kong’s crucial shipping trade is hoping China’s overseas infrastructure plan and closer business ties with Iran will enable the city to tackle the downturn in the seaborne sector and tougher competition, officials said. The global container sector, which transports everything from bananas to iPhones, as well as the dry bulk shipping market hauling commodities […]

Posted by: on Jun 13, 2016 read more

Games powers play in South China Sea

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A more politically and militarily aggressive China claims sovereignty over virtually the entire South China Sea (SCS) and all islands and other features located in it. China has declared the SCS to be a core interest worth fighting for, along with Tibet and Taiwan. Sea of conflict: Taken last month, the photograph shows the crew […]

Posted by: on Jun 13, 2016 read more

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

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Posted by: on Jan 31, 2016 read more

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

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Posted by: on Jan 04, 2016 read more

Tinig ng Marino 114 – BZ Alpha Navigation

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Tinig ng Marino 113 – Sunken Ships and Sinking Dreams

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Tinig ng Marino 112 – Maritime Industry In Crisis

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Tinig ng Marino 111 – Marina Makes A Bold Move

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Posted by: on Apr 06, 2015 read more