An exercise in futility?

Only two months have passed, the leaders of the Joint Manning Group (JMG) seem to be giving up on their plea for a court intervention on the new Republic Act No. 11199 or the new Social Security Act. The law, which was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte last February, allows the state-run Social Security System (SSS) to increase yearly...

MARINA fast tracks phase-out of wooden-hulled

Even before the tragic incident along the Iloilo-Guimaras Strait struck, the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) is already taking steps to fast track the implementation of the phase-out of wooden-hulled ships with technologically-improved hull materials. As part of modernization of domestic shipping envisioned in MARINA's 10-year Maritime Industry Development Plan (MIDP), the agency organized a two-day workshop on August 1-2, 2019, the...

Setting a benchmark on shipbuilding and maritime safety

Another new player in roll-on-roll-off (ro-ro) passenger ships is raising the standards both in the use of modern technology as well as in shipbuilding. It is setting a benchmark on ship construction using locally developed design as well as on the use of the latest technology on maritime safety for ropax ships. It started with a...

Gov’t offers scholarships for aspiring naval architects

Realizing the vast potentials of the shipbuilding industry in addressing unemployment problem and as source of significant foreign exchange earnings, the national government is funneling significant investment in financing scholars aspiring to become naval architects in the future.   AIMS Vice President Capt. Lino Paderanga (left) with naval architect friends at the PHILMARINE 2019

IMO MSC confirms PH inclusion in the White List

The latest circular issued by International Maritime Organization(IMO) Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) continues to confirm the Philippines spot in the so-called While List or countries compliant with the STCW Convention 1978, as amended. Dated July 9, 2019, the circular said the MSC, at its 101st session on June 5-14 2019, received a report by the Secretary General pursuant to...

A new industry ally at the Senate?

It could be a mere knee-jerk reaction to the latest sea mishap along Iloilo-Guimaras Strait, but the initial step could also result in long term legislative support of the Senate for the maritime industry. Only days afterthe tragedy that resulted in the death of some 30 passengers, Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian invited some industry leaders for a meeting to have...

Gov’t calls UN, IMO to enforce duty to render aid to persons in distress at sea

Initially, the government agencies came out strongly on the issue of the Chinese trawler Yuemaobinyu 42212  leaving hapless 22 Filipino fishermen in the open sea after hitting their fishing boat FB Gem-Ver 1 while anchored at Recto Bank last June 9. While President Rodrigo Duterte chose to remain silent at first on the issue, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro...

MARINA, industry find ways to shorten shipboard training

It appears that manning groups have scored a breakthrough in its appeal for the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) to have shorter shipboard training. For years, the Joint Manning Group have asked MARINA particularly the STCW Office to allow cadets, who have served as ratings onboard but have not meet the required 36 months, to take the required...

US Navy ponders return to Subic via Hanjin

If recent reports were to true, there is a big opportunity for the United States Navy to return to Subic which once played host to its biggest base outside continental America. According to reports from Stars and Stripes and the Taiwan News, the Subic shipyard ownd by the bankrupt Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction...

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...