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The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) and the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) have taken steps to enhance passenger safety as peak travel season begins, the agencies announced. MARINA and the PPA began posting the WoW ang Byahe posters on domestic passenger ships and passenger terminals throughout the country in the first…

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The entire Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (TNRP) will officially be an Area to be Avoided (ATBA) by all maritime traffic, after the International Maritime Organization (IMO) endorsed the Philippines’ proposal to upgrade the protection of the area. The IMO Subcommittee on Navigation, Communications, and Search and Rescue (NCSR) approved the…

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Fitter Candido Bantayan Jr. hitched his star to a seafaring dream, which he nurtured despite his inability to finish a marine-related course. Born in Tondo, Manila and a product of public education, Fitter Bantayan tried to work his way through college and enrolled in Marine Engineering at the Feati University,…

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For the longest time, questions were raised on how Philippine ships engaged in domestic voyages are measured, considering the fleet consists of second-hand vessels imported from our neighboring countries in East Asia. Most of these upon reaching Philippine shores are converted into different types of ships, or refitted to increase…

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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) last week conducted a workshop for maritime teachers and instructors on teaching the energy efficient operation of ships, which will help enhance the Philippines’ maritime training curriculum, organizers said. The national workshop on the “Implementation IMO Model Course 4.05…

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Preparations for the holding of the National Maritime Summit are underway with Government and industry putting together a program that will muster stakeholders to high-level discussions towards crafting a national maritime agenda. Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade announced the convening of the April 2017 summit during the Philippine Association of…

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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code) in 2002 following the attack on the Twin Towers in the US. The Code aims to detect threats to security and introduce measures to prevent security incidents on ships and port facilities. The Code…

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I am beginning to get an overdose of the news, commentaries and discourses on the environmental destruction caused by mining, which has obliterated the verdant surface of our archipelago. Add to this the presence of fish pens and cages that gradually changed the freshness of the waters of Laguna Bay…

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