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MAASIN CITY, Leyte: The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) will soon embark on a nationwide numbering of motorized and manual boats plying the seas or coastal waters around the country. Officially called Safety, Security and Environmental Numbering (SSEN) System for all Philippine vessels/watercrafts, the move called on owners of fishing boats…

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Heads of coast guards from more than 30 countries gathered in Tokyo on Thursday to discuss a wealth of issues, including how to cope with pirates, an increase in the number of boat people, and environmental pollution caused by a massive oil spill at sea. The Coast Guard Global Summit,…

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Caribbean and southern Florida islands swamped or leveled by Hurricane Irma have left local travel agencies scrambling to re-book customers for new destinations months and years in advance. Last week, Irma rolled over the northern Caribbean with Category-5 force, leaving at least 25 people dead and damaging or destroying nearly…

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WASHINGTON D.C.: Funding for Eastern Shipbuilding Group’s coast guard contract has made it through the US House of Representatives. On Thursday (Friday in Manila), the House passed appropriations legislation that included $500 million to fully fund the offshore patrol cutters program for which Eastern won a multibillion-dollar contract last year.…

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The Movement for Maritime Philippines (MMP) called on Rep. Jesulito Manalo of Angkla party-list to present the advocacies of the movement and identify areas of convergence with the legislative platform of the representative’s party. Manalo lists the bills on the effective implementation of the International Convention on the Safety of…

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The Department of Transportation said on Friday that it has signed a contract with maritime technology expert and shipbuilder OCEA SA of France for an acquisition of five brand new high-speed coast guard patrol boats. “With these additional sea assets, the Philippine Coast Guard can be more effective in performing…

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The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said there are plans to rehabilitate the Cape Bojedor light house, a cultural heritage structure in Burgos, Ilocos. Cape Bojeador, which was first lit back in 1892, was a structure built under the Spanish colonization in the Philippines. Currently, it still serves international ships entering…

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KUALA LUMPUR: Ten Indonesian pirates who seized an oil tanker off the east coast of the Malay peninsula were arrested by Malaysia’s coast guard on Thursday, officials said. Commando units were rushed by helicopter to the Thai-flagged tanker, which was carrying $1.7 million worth of diesel, after it vanished off…

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Needham engineering software maker PTC Inc. will relocate its global headquarters in early 2019 to Boston’s Seaport District, where it plans to house more than 1,000 employees in the top half of a new 17-story office building. PTC signed a lease for an initial 248,911 square feet on nine floors…

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida: Fort Lauderdale, long regarded in the maritime community as the yachting capital of the world, is adding to its international clout with the entry of another foreign boat manufacturer. Turkish shipyard Sirena Marine has established Fort Lauderdale as its new US headquarters for its Sirena Yachts division.…

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