Pinoy seafarers send $3.2B in January-July this yr.


Filipino seafarers contributed $3.2 billion in the $15 billion total remittances recorded from January to July this year The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has reported that total remittances from overseas Filipinos from January to July reached $15 billion, up 6.4 percent year-on-year, and above the BSP growth projection of 5.0 percent in 2014. The […]

Posted by: on Sep 16, 2014 read more

PNP maritime unit gets boost from US agency

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An American state department official recently visited Manila to take up additional funding for the Philippine National Police Special Boat Unit. The visit of Carol Perez, US Department of State’s deputy assistant secretary of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), is aimed “to enhance the institutional and operational law enforcement capabilities [on land and […]

Posted by: on Sep 16, 2014 read more

Super Shuttle ferry sinks off Manila Bay, 15 crew rescued

Shuttle ferry sinks in Manila Bay

A shuttle ferry sank off Manila Bay Sunday night amid big waves, heavy rain and strong winds brought by Typhoon Luis (Kalmaegi). Many of the crewmembers were traumatized after being separated from each other when the Super Shuttle Ferry 7 sank, GMA News’ Victoria Tulad reported on Unang Balita. The crewmembers held on aboard life […]

Posted by: on Sep 15, 2014 read more

Ferry sinks off Southern Leyte; 2 dead, 105 rescued

Daram Samar

(UPDATE) – Rescuers have saved 105 survivors and recovered two fatalities on board the inter-island ferry that is believed to have sunk late Saturday after encountering engine problems in bad weather in the central Philippines, officials said. Southern Leyte Governor Roger Mercado said that as of 2:14 a.m. Sunday, of the 105 survivors on board […]

Posted by: on Sep 14, 2014 read more

Erap rescinds Manila truck ban

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Joseph Estrada blinked. Now cargo trucks—those behemoths of the local freight industry—are lording it over Manila’s roads again. Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada said on Saturday that he stood down to avert a clash between Manila and the national government. So in front of reporters at Diamond Hotel in Manila, Estrada signed his Executive Order […]

Posted by: on Sep 14, 2014 read more

As ferry sinks, MARINA chief dreams of EMSA exoneration


Maximo Mejia Jr, administrator of Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), firmly believes the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) will not withdraw their recognition of the Philippine maritime industry, despite reports that our country did not pass the last audit, which was done over the past year. In an interview with Radyo Inquirer DzIQ 990 AM, Mejia […]

Posted by: on Sep 14, 2014 read more

Only PNoy could solve port gridlocks – truckers

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Truckers on Thursday said only a decisive action by President Benigno Aquino 3rd can solve the port congestion that supposedly is threatening the economy. Mary Zapata, president of Binondo-based Aduana Business Club, a group of brokers, exports, importers and haulers, suggested three major steps that Malacañang could take to decongest the ports. “If really the […]

Posted by: on Sep 12, 2014 read more

BOC earns P393-Million from seized rice auction


The Bureau of Customs (BOC)-Manila International Container Port (MICP) Collection District generated revenues of P393.13-Million from the sale of about 163,775 sacks of rice through a public auction last Thursday (September 11). This is the highest earnings generated via public auction by MICP. The sale of the seized rice—totaling 315 container vans stored inside the […]

Posted by: on Sep 12, 2014 read more

Norway seeks improved shipping ties with Vietnam

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Anniken Huitfeldt, chairwoman of the Norwegian Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense, has called for boosting ties between her country and Vietnam in areas of maritime, energy and shipping industry. Anniken Huitfeldt made the call while meeting with Vietnam’s National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan early this week. She said at […]

Posted by: on Sep 16, 2014 read more

Container ship sinks after collision off Mongla

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A cargo vessel carrying raw materials for a factory has sunk at Mongla Port’s Pashur Channel after it collided with another ship. Port officials said the channel had been off limits since the accident on Friday morning, 12 nautical miles from Mongla. No injuries have been reported. Harbour Master Mohammad Aktaruzzaman said cargo vessel Hajera-1 […]

Posted by: on Sep 14, 2014 read more

China softens rule on foreign players in shipping sector

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China will allow overseas investors to establish and own shipping enterprises, according to new guidelines that aim to boost the deficit-plagued sector. The guidelines issued by the State Council on Wednesday pledged to give an open door to foreign investors and private companies in the shipping industry. Shipping businesses fully owned and controlled by foreign […]

Posted by: on Sep 14, 2014 read more

Carnival adds more cruise destinations

Carnival Triumph

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

Maersk Tankers

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

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