Pimentel questions planned integration of terminal fees into airfare


MANILA, Philippines–Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III wants the Senate to look into the planned integration of terminal fees into airfare starting Nov. 1, 2014, saying this would violate an existing law exempting overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from paying such fees. Pimentel said he would file a resolution calling for an inquiry into the Manila International Airport Authority’s (MIAA) Memorandum Circular No. 08, […]

Posted by: on Oct 29, 2014 read more

OFW groups seek TRO on integration of NAIA terminal fee into airfare


MANILA, Philippines — Several groups of the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) asked the Pasay City Regional Trial Court, on Tuesday, to issue a temporary restraining order, stopping the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) from implementing the integration of the airport terminal fee in the cost of international airline tickets starting Nov. 1. Convenors of #Noto550 […]

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UFS: 200 Pinoy seafarers need repatriation in Kuwait

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Around 200 Filipino seafarers are now practically “wandering” at high seas after their contracts with a Kuwaiti company expired. Their employer, Kuwait-based Arabian Gulf Mechanical Service and Contracting Co. (AGMS), is likewise preventing them to leave their ship for lack of suitable replacements. AGMS has an office contact address at P.O. Box 1348 Faxede Al […]

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Coast Guard, Sual firm dispute extent of oil spill

Shuttle ferry sinks in Manila Bay

An executive from a power plant firm disputed Tuesday the Philippine Coast Guard’s estimate of the amount of oil spilled at a Pangasinan town. Froilan Gregory H. Romualdez III, head of external affairs of TeaM Energy, denied that 4,000 liters of heavy fuel oil (HFO) spilled at Cabalitian Bay in Sual town, Pangasinan province. The […]

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OFWs protest imposition of NAIA terminal fee


Millions of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) are in uproar over the move of government to start charging them with airport terminal fee upon departure. Various OFW organizations led by OFW Family chairman Rep. Roy Señeres and Susan “Toots” Ople of the Blas Ople Policy Center and Training Institute have filed a Petition for Certiorary with […]

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First female US Navy commander is Pinay

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One of the few females holding a high-ranking position in the United States Navy is a Filipino. Born in Hawaii to Filipino parents, US Navy Rear Admiral Bette Bolivar was raised in a traditional Filipino family. “Ang tatay ko ay taga Bicol at ang nanay ko ay taga Pangasinan (My father is from Bicol and […]

Posted by: on Oct 28, 2014 read more

EU opposes pre-shipment plan of Philippines


The European Union (EU) is against a Philippine plan to expand the preshipment inspection (PSI), stressing this move would hinder the flow of trade and could contribute further to the port congestion at the Manila ports. Ambassador Guy Ledoux, head of the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines said in a remark at […]

Posted by: on Oct 27, 2014 read more

PH emerging as global shipbuilding player


The Philippines is quickly becoming a global shipbuilding hub by using the skills and resources of foreign players. In 2010, the country surpassed its European rivals and has since become the fourth-biggest shipbuilding nation, after China, South Korea and Japan. Tsuneishi Heavy Industries, a subsidiary of Japan’s Tsuneishi Holdings in Fukuyama, Hiroshima Prefecture, is one […]

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IMO OKs Polar Code for ships in frigid waters

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The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has approved the Polar Code for ships operating in Arctic and Antarctic waters including the draft amendments to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). Following this approval, the MEPC will consider the Code and the draft amendments for […]

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Sokor seeks death for ship captain

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South Korea’s prosecutor has asked for the death penalty for ship’s captain Lee Joon-seok, who abandoned his sinking ship before search and rescue efforts had been exhausted in an accident which killed 300 people, most of them high school students. It was posited that the boat, which had been remodeled to increase capacity, set sail […]

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Police confirm hijacking of Vietnam oil tanker

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After an investigation, investigators said there are enough grounds to determine that Vietnamese oil tanker Sunrise 689 has been hijacked as reported by the vessel’s crewmembers, adding it will seek help from the Interpol to track down the pirates. >> Sunrise 689 hijack: black box missing >> Police verifying reported hijacking of tanker Sunrise 689 […]

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German ship & crew stranded in Argentina


Transport Canada says the Jana, a German-owned cargo ship, has been tied up at Argentina since September. The ship has 11 crewmen on board – three Russians and eight Ukranians who have gone unpaid since June. The vessel was heading into Placentia Bay on August 14th when it ran into engine trouble. On September 26th […]

Posted by: on Oct 26, 2014 read more

ILO rolls out new guidelines to boost MLC 2006

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The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has agreed guidelines to assist governments in implementing the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006 following a Meeting of Experts on Maritime Occupational Safety and Health. The guidelines are intended to aid in creating national laws and regulations by providing practical information relating to the maritime working environment including high levels […]

Posted by: on Oct 23, 2014 read more

Greek ship officer held for murder of Ukrainian lady

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A Greek ship officer has been remanded in custody in Norway while police continue a murder investigation. The 35-year-old Greek second officer can be held for up to four weeks after a court granted a police request for his detention. The man was arrested on the 172,000-dwt Anangel Explorer (built 2007) on 13 October on […]

Posted by: on Oct 21, 2014 read more

Capesize carriers rates for Asia seen to drop


Rates for capesize bulk carriers on key Asian routes are again likely to fall as the volume of tonnage limits any price gains from an increase in chartering activity, brokers said. Freight rates for a voyage from Australia to China have steadily fallen since Sept. 30 and are the lowest since May 22. Rates from […]

Posted by: on Oct 20, 2014 read more

EU shipowners worried over new regulation

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European shipowners are concerned by the intention of the Italian Presidency of the Council to move full steam ahead with an inter-institutional agreement on the EU Regulation for Monitoring, Reporting and Verification system of carbon dioxide emissions from maritime transport (EU MRV Regulation) which could potentially include commercial and operational information. ECSA urges EU decision-makers […]

Posted by: on Oct 18, 2014 read more

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

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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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