A few years ago a friend asked my assistance for the repatriation of the remains of her sister, an overseas migrant worker who died in the Middle East. Despite my willingness to provide the requested assistance, my ways are limited as I was confronted with complexities involved in the repatriation of an Overseas Filipino Worker […]

Posted by: on Mar 15, 2018 read more

Ambulance-chasing’ killing maritime industry

By Carlo Castro Undoubtedly, the Philippines is the most important source of seafarers in the global shipping industry. Thirty-two percent of nearly 2 million seafarers around the world are Filipinos, cementing the fact that the labor supply the country provides is competent and trustworthy. Filipino seafarers also greatly contribute to the country’s economic growth, with […]

Posted by: on Mar 14, 2018 read more

Pass Magna Carta for Seafarers Now!

  There is a $4.8-billion reason why the Filipino seafarers deserve a permanent place in history. The quoted amount is the remittances brought in by seafarers at least every year, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). But more than the money, it’s about time that the thousands of Filipino seafarers toiling in foreign […]

Posted by: on Mar 14, 2018 read more

‘Autonomous ships’ have no place in Tanker sector

In the age of technological developments in autonomy, and other major trends in the maritime industry, autonomous or ‘unmanned’ ships being pushed by some shipbuilding companies have no place for the tanker sector, according to an officer of Ardmore Shipping, a company engaged in the ownership and operation of product and chemical tankers in worldwide […]

Posted by: on Mar 13, 2018 read more

Maersk still claims top spot as world’s largest container shipping line

Danish business conglomerate Maersk still holds the reputation as the world’s leader in container shipping after the carrier has improved its lead over MSC when its capacity was swollen by a 26.8 percent to 4.15m teu, according to the research conducted by researcher in Liner Shipping, the Alphaliner. Aside from the Danish carrier’s acquisition of […]

Posted by: on Mar 13, 2018 read more

Maritime stakeholders seek swift installation of MARINA administrator, deputies

Maritime stakeholders recently convened to ask for the swift installation of the vacated administrator post of the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) and its deputies, especially in the office of Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) which governs Filipino seafarers worldwide, claiming that it can cause ‘leadership vacuum’ in the government agency tasked to oversee […]

Posted by: on Mar 13, 2018 read more

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