Pinoy-manned cruise liners eye PH as destination

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Three of the world’s leading cruise companies, which already employ a combined total of 61,700 Filipino crewmembers, are keen to help develop the Philippines as a cruise ship destination, according to the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC. At the same time, the embassy reported that Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines have disclosed their […]

Posted by: on Jul 22, 2014 read more

Tax break extension for shipping companies pushed

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A bill pending before the House of Representatives seeks to extend by another 10 years the income tax exemptions of shipping companies, to replace expiring exemptions first introduced under the Philippine Overseas Shipping Development Act of 1992, or Republic Act (RA) 7471. ANGKLA Party-list Rep. Jesulito A. Manalo, the proponent of House Bill (HB) 4550, […]

Posted by: on Jul 21, 2014 read more

Pinoy seafarers protest non-payment of wages as ship docks in USA

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Twenty-one crew members, mostly Filipinos, who serving on the Liberian-flagged vessel Vega-Reederei have organized a picket line at the Port of Long Beach, CA, to protest their employer’s failure to pay workers for up to four months of back wages. Abuses of seafaring crew are common in the global shipping industry, and workers often hail […]

Posted by: on Jul 18, 2014 read more

Importers told to move their ‘stranded’ cargoes from Manila ports

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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has urged importers to move over 7,000 containers stuck in the Manila ports to facilitate greater flow of goods. In a statement early this week, Trade Undersecretary Victorio Mario Dimagiba said the DTI has been tasked to ask importers to immediately get their containers left in the ports […]

Posted by: on Jul 10, 2014 read more

MARINA eyes issuance by region of seaman’s COPs

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The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) is looking at empowering its four regional offices to also issue certificate of proficiencies (COPs) to seafarers in a bid to speed up the processing. MARINA has been criticized by seafarers’ groups for the delay in the issuance of COPs and the long queues at its offices. Barring any hitches, […]

Posted by: on Jul 09, 2014 read more

Customs misses June target


The Bureau of Customs (BOC) collected P26.969 billion in June, 16 percent lower than the P33.292-billion target for the month, according to data from the agency obtained by The STAR. However, the month’s collections were 14.1 percent higher than the P23.627-billion collection in June last year. The BOC booked lower-than-target collections in June despite increasing […]

Posted by: on Jul 09, 2014 read more

Metro LGU body OKs Metro-wide truck ban

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The Metro Manila Council (MMC) on Tuesday approved to impose higher fines on jaywalking and truck ban in major thoroughfares in Metro Manila. The MMC, whose members are the 17 Metro mayors and is the policy-making body of the MMDA, approved an increase in the penalty meted to violators of the anti-jaywalking ordinance from the […]

Posted by: on Jul 08, 2014 read more

ICTSI dumps Indian port venture

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Home-bred global port player International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) has terminated its sole port venture in India, saying that the deal is not beneficial to the company. In a disclosure to the bourse last Monday, ICTSI said its subsidiaries have signed a termination agreement with Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T) Shipbuilding Ltd. (LTSB) canceling […]

Posted by: on Jul 08, 2014 read more

Owner of ill-fated Korean ship found dead

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South Korean police said Tuesday they had found the body of fugitive business tycoon Yoo Byung-Eun, the target of a months-long manhunt connected to April’s Sewol ferry disaster that claimed around 300 lives. The heavily decomposed corpse of the 73-year-old Yoo was discovered on June 12 lying on the ground in a plum orchard in […]

Posted by: on Jul 21, 2014 read more

Unions slam Aussie gov’t for neglecting maritime workers

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Unions have accused the Abbott Government of selling out maritime workers by invalidating legislation deeming oil and gas projects to be within Australia’s migration zone. Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Michaelia Cash insisted the controversial move was necessary to restore certainty to the $200 billion offshore oil and gas sector. Senator Cash issued […]

Posted by: on Jul 19, 2014 read more

Captain gets 16 months in jail for HK mishap

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The master of a Chinese cargo ship which rammed into another cargo vessel in fog last year, has been sentenced to 16 months in jail, local reports said. The collision off the south coast of Hong Kong caused the death of six crew on the other vessel. A Hong Kong court found that Ruan Cuncai […]

Posted by: on Jul 08, 2014 read more

Concordia heads for scrapyard in Genoa

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The wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise liner that capsized off the Tuscany coast in 2012, killing 32 people, will be demolished and scrapped in the port of Genoa, the Italian government decided on Monday. The decision for the work to be done in Genoa, in northern Italy, followed a choice last month by Costa […]

Posted by: on Jul 06, 2014 read more

France ratifies 2009 Hong Kong Convention

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France has deposited its instrument of ratification in respect of the 2009 Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships (the Hong Kong Convention) with the general secretariat of the IMO. This convention is an important step toward ship dismantling that is safe for workers and environmentally friendly. It is notably aimed at […]

Posted by: on Jul 06, 2014 read more

Pirates run away with diesel-loaded tanker off Malaysia

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The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has confirmed that about 700,000 liters of diesel worth over US$434, 000 (RM1.4 million) was looted from the tanker MT Ai Maru by pirates off Malaysia on Saturday evening. The MMEA said they were also investigating the involvement of the 13 Thai crewmen and the Indonesian captain. The ship, […]

Posted by: on Jul 06, 2014 read more

Singapore shipping body sails with new executive director


The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) is delighted to announce that Michael Phoon has been appointed as the new executive director of the SSA as a result of the forthcoming retirement of Daniel Tan after 29 years of dedicated service to the association. Phoon, 53, will formally take over the position on August 1st. He holds […]

Posted by: on Jul 05, 2014 read more

Iranian Navy shields oil tanker vs. pirate attack

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Iranian Navy warships rescued an oil tanker from a pirate attack in the Red Sea. The Iranian oil tanker came under attack by eight pirate boats, but the vessel was rescued due to the timely action of the Iranian Navy warships, the Navy’s Public Relations Office reported on Saturday. The Iranian vessel was then escorted […]

Posted by: on Jul 02, 2014 read more

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

Posted by: on Jul 08, 2014 read more

Tinig ng Marino 104 – Marina’s ship is sinking – January – February 2014

Posted by: on May 15, 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