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Pinoy seafarers wary of recent NCMB decision, cites possible loss of jobs

Mr. Miguel Rocha of CF Sharp Crew Management, Inc. warned that the recent decision of the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) granting full disability benefits to a Filipino seafarer whose tip of the middle finger was damaged while on board a vessel may trigger global shipping companies to shy away from the Philippines, the […]

Posted by: on Feb 20, 2015 read more

Hong Kong ferry captain jailed for deadly collision

Hong Kong (CNN)The captain of a Hong Kong passenger ferry has been sentenced to eight years in jail for his role in a fatal collision that left 39 people dead in 2012 – the city’s worst maritime disaster in four decades. Lai Sai-ming was sentenced at the city’s High Court on Monday. A jury on […]

Posted by: on Feb 17, 2015 read more

20 Senators urge DOTC to recall circular charging OFWs P550 terminal fee

MANILA, Philippines – Twenty senators authored a resolution urging the recall of the memorandum circular that directs the collection of P550 terminal fee from overseas Filipino workers, despite the exemption provided by the law. Senators Cynthia Villar, Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, Nancy Binay, and Senate Majority Leader Alan Cayetano initiated the resolution, which was also […]

Posted by: on Feb 14, 2015 read more

300 migrants feared dead after boats sink in the Mediterranean Sea

(CNN) – About 300 migrants are feared dead after their boats sank in the Mediterranean Sea, the U.N. refugee agency said Wednesday. The incident is just the latest in a long series of disasters involving migrants risking dangerous journeys to seek a better life. The migrants left Libya on Saturday in rubber boats, the International Organization […]

Posted by: on Feb 12, 2015 read more

Costa Concordia captain convicted in deadly shipwreck

Grosseto, Italy (CNN) – The captain of the Costa Concordia is guilty of manslaughter and other charges related to the ship’s fatal wreck in January 2012 off the Italian coast, a judge announced Wednesday night, capping a tumultuous 19-month trial and providing a little more closure for dozens of grieving families. Lengthy trial or not, the […]

Posted by: on Feb 12, 2015 read more

Recent Pirate Attacks In Nigeria’s “Pirate Alley” Highlights Growing Threat To Oil Tankers

A pirate attack that killed a supertanker crewman off the coast of Nigeria this week has highlighted a growing threat off oil-rich West Africa, as vessels carrying millions of barrels of crude traverse a region that has become known as “pirate alley”. The 2 million barrel Kalamos Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) was heading to […]

Posted by: on Feb 11, 2015 read more