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PCG to get extra 2 MRRVs and 65 patrol boats

In its 2018 budget, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) was given an increase of P6.2 billion and this is how they are spending the taxpayers’ money. In its 17-minute video presentation titled, “PCG Modernization and Development—In Support of Maritime Security,” the maritime agency gave a rundown of what new “toys” in terms of...

Japan’s producer of ship machineries to help SBSR

The Japanese association of producers of ship machinery and equipment is extending help to the Philippines to strengthen the local shipbuilding and ship repair industry. The Japanese assistance was formalized with the signing of memorandum of understanding (MOU) recently between the Japan Ship Machinery & Equipment Association (JSMEA) and the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA).

Revolutionizing maritime education

Perhaps everyone knows about e-books by this time. But everyone should now be looking forward to having a-books; that is, if one wants to learn more seriously something on the field of seafaring. A pioneering company is revolutionizing maritime education and training. Through the use of technology, it customizes the content of a book...

Ship managers lament lack of gov’t support

The proverbial goose that could lay golden eggs for the country has yet to deliver eggs. The problem, it could not deliver without government’s strong intervention. The local ship management business could be the goose, but could not deliver golden eggs simply because it remains a gosling for many years now. Ship management could deliver...

MARINA remains confident amid continuing EC threat

There is no doubt, the Philippine Government, through the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), has gotten hold of these unwelcome reports, to say the least, on European employers replacing their Filipino seafarers with other nationalities.Most likely, MARINA is not totally oblivious of the plans of the Norwegian government to issue Certificates of Competency (COCs) and Certificate of Proficiency (COPs) to...

Ambulance chasing remains rampant

It was the 4th year anniversary last month of the passage of the law aiming at protecting seafarers from ambulance chasing lawyers; unfortunately, it remains largely unimplemented to this day. As a result, Republic Act No. 10706 or the Seafarers Protection Act is rendered practically ineffective in curbing the nefarious practice of ambulance chasing that victimizes hapless seafarers, according to...

24th NSD caps 20th Nat’l Maritime Week

Concluding the National Maritime Week with a blast, the industry has celebrated the 24th National Seafarers' Day, in accordance with Proclamation No. 1094 that declared every last Sunday of September to be the National Seafarers' Day. The observance of National Seafarers’ Day underscores the role of Filipino mariners in economic development. The celebration...

Putting women onboard still a big challenge – WIMAPhil

Despite the good attempt of the government to strengthen its mandate of putting gender-balanced opportunities in the maritime workforce, the Women in Maritime Philippines (WIMAPhil) admits that there would be a long way to go to put more women onboard. Just recently, the maritime industry celebrated the National Maritime Week, adopting the theme“Empowering Women in the Maritime Sector,” set...

Seaway Magazine’s 5th Bingo Bonanza: Pasasalamat at Pagpupugay, Handog sa Marinong Pilipino

Lots of seamen and personnel from the maritime sector have participated the 5th Bingo Bonanza and Seafarers Expo held at the Association of Maritime Officers and Seamen's Union (AMOSUP) Convention Hall on September 19, 2019 The said event is conducted annually and supervised by the Seagate Maritime Media, the...

DOST unveils AIS, PH first hybrid trimaran projects

A cheaper, locally-developed, but equally effective Automatic Identification System (AIS) would soon be available to shipowners and boat operators, thanks to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). The department, through the Philippine Council for Industry and Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD), has sustained its strong support in modernizing the maritime industry by developing various technologies for...

Seafarers are entitled to unemployment insurance from SSS

Seafarers, who are no longer eligible for work onboard due to various reasons, may now avail themselves of unemployment insurance of up to P10,000 per month. Seaway reported earlier the strong opposition of leaders of the manning groups to Republic Act No. 11199 or the Social Security Act of 2018, which was signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte...

The Winners of 2019 Seaway Photo Contest

First and foremost, the Seaway Magazine appreciates all the seafarers who have participated in the recently-conducted Seaway Photo Contest. It is our first time to have administered a photo contest, and we are very pleased to have gained massive support from our stakeholders, most especially, the seafarers. We launched the Seaway...

Countdown for PMMA bicentennial celebration begins

The Philippine Merchant Marine Academy (PMMA) and the PMMA Alumni Association have started the countdown for the 200th founding anniversary of the state-run maritime institution. The ceremonial countdown started last September 15, exactly 200 days away from the bicentennial celebration in April 2020 of the nation's premier maritime institution, during the brief program held at...

“It’s not our job to provide onboard training” – MARINA

The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) together with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) came out with the new Policy Standards and Guidelines (PSG) for the BS Marine Transportation (BSMT) and BS Marine Engineering (BSMarE) programs on June 7, 2019. The new PSG, which is the subject of the Joint CHED-MARINA Memorandum Circular 01 s. 2019, was published in the website...

Industry groups oppose MARINA-CHED circular

In a rare show of unity, three major industry groups have forged a de facto united front to voice out to the government their "strong objection" to the Joint CHED-MARINA Memorandum Circular No. 01 s. 2019. They even went beyond expressing their strong opposition to the joint circular that details latest Policies, Standards and...