Stories written by Agent Tinig

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

Inter-Island Shipping Should Upgrade Training Standards in Manning Vessels

The deterioration in the standards of training for domestic shipping has caused a stir among foreign nationals particularly the British. During a session regarding the current Travel Advisory issued by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), First Secretary Steph Lysaght, of the British Embassy in Manila said, “We have an issue at the moment […]

Posted by: on Feb 11, 2015 read more

Twenty-nine migrants die of cold on Italian coast guard boats

(Reuters) – Twenty-nine migrants died of hypothermia aboard Italian coast guard vessels on Monday after being picked up from a boat adrift near Libya, reigniting criticism of the government’s decision to end a full-scale search-and rescue mission last year. Two patrol boats picked up 105 people late on Sunday from an inflatable boat drifting in […]

Posted by: on Feb 11, 2015 read more

MLC (Maritime Labour Convention) is Making a Difference

To be informed is better that no information or the lack of one. Thus, in this issue, we have compiled what MLC or Maritime Labor Convention is all about, the Philippines being a a signatory and complying partner supposedly. A list of other country members are also included. The Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) is an […]

Posted by: on Feb 09, 2015 read more

MV Bulk Jupiter Sinking: Still More Speculation than Answers

As the first month of 2015 draws to a close, the exact circumstances that surround the sinking of the Bahamas-flagged cargo ship Bulk Jupiter about 150 nautical miles off the Vietnamese city of Vung Tau on the morning of January 2 continue to be unclear. The vessel, which was fully loaded with 46,400 metric tons […]

Posted by: on Feb 09, 2015 read more

OFWs, kin march to Mendiola to oppose airport terminal fee integration

MANILA, Philippines – Hundreds of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) and their families on Wednesday marched to Mendiola to protest the airport terminal fee integration scheme of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), which was implemented last Sunday, February 1. Citing an existing law that provides an exemption for OFWs from paying such fees, the #Noto550 […]

Posted by: on Feb 05, 2015 read more