More than 800 Pinoys in foreign jails for drugs


Following the sentencing of two Filipinos in Vietnam for drug trafficking, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said this week as many as 805 Filipinos are in prison for drug-related cases worldwide including 45 already in death row. The figure was an increase from the 696 Filipinos imprisoned for drug-related cases reported in August 2013. […]

Posted by: on Sep 02, 2014 read more

Herma Group eyes shipbuilding deal w/ gov’t


Shipbuilder Herma Group of Companies is pitching its ship building expertise to the government as part of a strategy to diversify from barges and oil tankers, company officials said. The group is looking at military designed vessels, Herma Group vice chairman Peter Favila said in an interview with reporters on the sidelines of an oil […]

Posted by: on Sep 02, 2014 read more

OFWs with HIV increasing every month

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A total of 318 overseas Filipino workers (OFW), or an average of 53 every month, were found human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-positive from January to June this year, the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) said over the weekend. The 318 represents an increase of 22 percent, or 57 cases, versus the 261 OFWs found […]

Posted by: on Sep 01, 2014 read more

Tuna industry smells something ‘fishy’ in delay of IRR


Tuna industry players have scored the failure of government agencies to issue the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for Republic Act (RA) 9379, the law governing the handline fishing sector enacted seven years ago. In a press conference over the weekend for the 16th National Tuna Congress, industry stakeholders expressed their frustration over the inaction […]

Posted by: on Sep 01, 2014 read more

Pinoy seafarers to top 2013 record with $5.5B remittances this yr.

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Filipino seafarers manning the world’s fleet are seen to bring in a record $5.5 billion this 2014 compared to last year on the back of Europe’s strong appetite for Filipino ship personnel, a local labor group forecasted before the weekend. “A growing number of Filipino sailors are being dispatched to Europe, especially to the United […]

Posted by: on Aug 30, 2014 read more

OECD says Manila port relocation not ‘a walk in the park’

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The need to modernize ports has called for the relocation of ports to new port sites, but the process could pose some challenges because of the huge sunk investments by existing operators, stated a recent study on port cities undertaken by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The paper entitled “The Competitiveness of […]

Posted by: on Aug 30, 2014 read more

Overstaying containers shipped out to Subic


The government has begun shipping out overstaying containers to Subic to free up space at Manila ports as the “–ber” months – the peak season for cargo shipment – start. The chartered vessel, MV Asterix, left the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) at Thursday morning, August 28, en route to Subic. It was carrying 1,154 […]

Posted by: on Aug 29, 2014 read more

Navy ships to get modern cannons, sensors

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The two most modern warships of the Navy will be upgraded with sensors and cannons as part of the effort to strengthen the country’s territorial defense capabilities. Navy spokesperson Lcdr. Marineth Domingo said the BRP Gregorio del Pilar and BRP Ramon Alcaraz would be equipped with 25 mm Bushmaster auto cannons that would complement their […]

Posted by: on Aug 26, 2014 read more

Carnival adds more cruise destinations

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More choices to cruise. That’s what Carnival says customers will have now that the cruise line is adding more trips to its lineup—but only after a multi-million dollar upgrade to the ship that services Baltimore. Gigi Barnett has more. “I love cruising,” said Vernetta Browder. For Browder, cruising is the ultimate vacation. She’s just back […]

Posted by: on Sep 01, 2014 read more

US Coast Guard moves to tighten rules on oil-laden ships

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Tighter regulation of US ships carrying record exports of diesel and gasoline is coming amid the worst year for oil spills from barges since 2008. Coast Guard rules to be issued within the next 90 days would require commercial vessels nationwide to be equipped with Automatic Identification System, or AIS, technology, which uses transponders and […]

Posted by: on Aug 30, 2014 read more

Vietnam hosts ASEAN maritime confab

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Two ASEAN maritime forums kicked off in Vietnam this week, with participation from representatives of 10 ASEAN member states and eight East Asia Summit (EAS) partners. The fifth Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Maritime Forum (AMF-5) and the third Expanded ASEAN Maritime Forum (EAMF-3) is being held in Da Nang City. Participants from […]

Posted by: on Aug 28, 2014 read more

Keppel unloads stake in Vietnam venture

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Keppel Corp. has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Joy Pride Investments, has disposed of its 35% shareholding interest PV Drilling Overseas Company (PVDO) to PetroVietnam Drilling and Well Service Corporation and Overseas Drilling Holdings for $350. Joy Pride Investment acquired the equity of PVDO in July 2013, from Falcon Energy Group at the same price. […]

Posted by: on Aug 26, 2014 read more

Maersk sees bigger 2014 profit

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Danish shipping and oil conglomerate AP Moeller Maersk raised its full-year profit guidance over the weekend after quarterly results were boosted by a strong performance by its container shipping business. It also said it would return about $1.0 billion (749 million euros) to shareholders over the next year through a share-buyback program. The group, which […]

Posted by: on Aug 25, 2014 read more

Egyptian captain & crew found dead in India port

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The captain and an electrician of an Egyptian ship, Wadi Sudr, have been found dead under mysterious circumstances at India’s Dahej port. The bodies of Hany Abdelmaksoud Mahmoud, 39, and Captain Vagdi Mohamed Ahmed Ali, 40, were found onboard the vessel last Thursday night. They were pronounced dead on arrival by the local hospital. The […]

Posted by: on Aug 24, 2014 read more

Boat with 200 people sinks off Libya


A wooden boat carrying up to 200 migrants has sunk just one kilometre (half a mile) off the Libyan coast, the coast guard said on Saturday, and most passengers were feared drowned. The local coast guard said it had no boats of its own and had to commandeer fishing vessels in a rescue attempt after […]

Posted by: on Aug 24, 2014 read more

Russia seizes Japanese whaling ship

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Russian authorities have been questioning the crew of a seized Japanese whaling ship after the ship reportedly deviated from a pre-approved route during a trip to survey whaling grounds in the Sea of Okhotsk – a plan worked out by the International Whaling Commission. The Shonan Maru No. 2 was conducting a visual survey of […]

Posted by: on Aug 23, 2014 read more

Tinig ng Marino 107 – A Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers – July- August 2014

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Tinig ng Marino 106 – MARINA collecting charges instead of milestones – May – June 2014

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Tinig ng Marino 105 – MARINA’S death wish for the seafaring industry – March – April 2014

Posted by: on Jul 08, 2014 read more