MARINA blamed for ‘dead’ oil pollution law

Oil spill

A lawmaker has taken to task the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) for the lax implementation of Republic Act (RA) 9483, or the Oil Pollution Compensation Act of 2007. “RA 9483 provided for the establishment of an Oil Pollution Management Fund to be administered by the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), which shall come from a 10-centavo […]

Posted by: on Feb 02, 2015 read more

PAL, CebuPac ignore pleas of OFWs on terminal fee

Cebu Pacific palpak

Philippine Airlines (PAL) and budget carrier Cebu Pacific (Cebu Pac) have defied the clamor of OFWs and their families to leave their airfare free from terminal fee by starting to integrate the same into their ticketing system starting Monday. PAL issued an advisory informing all passengers, including OFWs protesting such inclusion – that terminal fees […]

Posted by: on Feb 02, 2015 read more

Work on new Navy vessels kicks off in Indonesia

Indian navy

The long wait of Philippine Navy (PN) to beef up its fleet with modern sea crafts has started with the ceremonial “steel-cutting” attended by Navy officials in Indonesia last week. This developed as construction of the two strategic sealift vessels (SSVs) that the Navy ordered from an Indonesian company formally commenced. Vice Adm. Jesus Millan, […]

Posted by: on Feb 01, 2015 read more

Local boatbuilders press for tax holidays

inflatable rigid boat

The country’s boatbuilding industry has urged government to impose a tax-free importation of boats and repeal its antiquated laws, including the cabotage law, to develop the country’s boat-building and marina industry. This was raised during preparations for next months’s holding of Philippine Boatshow & Nautical Lifestlyle Expo and Conference (SEA-EX) on Feb. 20-22 in Manila […]

Posted by: on Feb 01, 2015 read more

MMDA frees up Roxas Blvd. for trucks

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The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has agreed to allow cargo trucks to again use the so-called express lanes on Roxas Boulevard for two weeks starting Monday, Feb. 2. MMDA Chair Francis Tolentino before the weekend said that during this period, which would end on Feb. 15, trucks could use Roxas Boulevard from midnight to […]

Posted by: on Feb 01, 2015 read more

More US navy ships flocking to Subic

Subic Bay Freeport

Another United States naval ship arrived in this former American naval base on Wednesday, the third to visit Subic Bay this year. USNS Carl Brashear, a dry cargo ship, docked at the Alava Pier on Wednesday, the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority’s seaport department said. The replenishment vessel arrived for a routine port visit but seaport […]

Posted by: on Jan 31, 2015 read more

21 Filipino Seafarers Aboard FOC Bulk Carrier Deprived Of Food And Salary


There are concerns about the welfare of 21 Filipino seafarers aboard a flag-of-convenience bulk carrier berthed at Port Kembla after it was found the stores aboard the ship were severely lacking and none of the crew had been paid in four months. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has detained the ship, the Bulk Brasil, […]

Posted by: on Jan 30, 2015 read more

Pro-OFW solon drags MIAA to SC over terminal fee


A representative of an overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) party-list will file contempt charges against Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Jose Angel Honrado should he insist on integrating the P550 airport terminal fee in the cost of plane tickets despite a court ruling saying it was “unenforceable.” The MIAA earlier announced it would implement […]

Posted by: on Jan 29, 2015 read more

Growing ‘fondness’ of crews to suicide noted

Seafarer benefits

Suicide is a global health crisis, with seafaring the second most high-risk occupation. Yet this tragedy can be prevented, reports IHS Maritime’s Girija Shettar This year, the World Health Organization (WHO) published its first global report on suicide, prompted by more than 800,000 deaths per year – that is one every 40 seconds, making suicide […]

Posted by: on Feb 02, 2015 read more

US ship firms, union end stand-off


Shipping companies and the union for 20,000 dockworkers at nearly 30 US West Coast ports have cleared a major hurdle in their protracted labor talks, clinching a tentative deal on the maintenance and control of cargo chassis, the two sides said before the weekend. Settlement of the chassis issue, and the contract talks generally, has […]

Posted by: on Feb 01, 2015 read more

Drop in supertanker orders affects fuel sales

oil tanker

The window to sell Western fuel oil to Asia is starting to close as demand for a limited fleet of supertankers to store cheap crude pushes freight rates to multi-month highs, shipping and trade sources said. Crude prices have fallen nearly 60 percent since June and, with prices a year ahead already quoted about $10 […]

Posted by: on Jan 31, 2015 read more

Taiwan hurdles IMO-compliant audit despite being non-member

Taiwan map

The Republic of China (Taiwan) has submitted itself into voluntary audit pursuant to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) despite formal recognition as an IMO-member state. Taiwan is a major maritime economy with a significant global network. Taiwan ports move in excess of 200 million tons of cargo and 700,000 passengers annually and rank high internationally […]

Posted by: on Jan 29, 2015 read more

Australia bans ship’s dredge waste in Great reef

Australian Flag

Australia has ordered a ban on dumping dredge waste on most of the Great Barrier Reef, the environment minister said Saturday, as part of a push to stop the UN declaring the site in danger. Environment Minister Greg Hunt said he had ordered the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to develop regulations to stop […]

Posted by: on Jan 26, 2015 read more

Ships passing through Arctic in rapid drop

Tsakos Arctic

Ship traffic passing through the Arctic waters continued on its freefall last year as ship watchers noted that fewer ships sailed through Arctic waters in 2014. Thirty-one ships used the Northern Sea Route over Russia to sail between Europe and Asia and another 22 used part of the route, Alaska Public Radio Network reported. Last […]

Posted by: on Jan 25, 2015 read more

Viet cargo ship capsizes off Quang Ngai province

Vietnam flag

A Vietnam-flagged general cargo ship has capsized off Quang Ngai, Vietnam because of heavy weather. All 10 crew on board of the 1,599 dwt, Xuan Lam 10 were rescued by a passing fishing vessel near the vicinity of the incident. Initially, Xuan Lam 10, with IMO number 9634775, encountered strong waves and high winds on […]

Posted by: on Jan 21, 2015 read more

Japan seeks proactive maritime ties with India


Japan has pitched for stronger maritime security cooperation with India, saying both nations should “proactively” assume responsibilities to ensure “open and stable seas” in the region, comments seen as an effort to contain China’s growing assertiveness in South China Sea. Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said India and Japan have huge interests in the region […]

Posted by: on Jan 21, 2015 read more

Tinig ng Marino 109 – UFS Soaring High at 20

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Tinig ng Marino 108 – PH marks 1st Year of MLC 2006 – September – October 2014

TNM 108
Posted by: on Oct 03, 2014 read more

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

Posted by: on Sep 02, 2014 read more