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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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Shipping companies APL (American Presidents Line) and CNC (Cheng Lie Navigation Co.) have announced new routes connecting Manila with Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and Xingang, China. “We will be launching the China Southeast Asia Service 5 (CS5), a new weekly short sea service, which directly connects North…

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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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Batangas port operator Asian Terminals Inc. (ATI) broke ground for a P1.3-billion multilevel car storage facility at the nation’s busiest car shipping terminal, which will allow the port to handle up to 7,000 vehicles at one time, ATI said. The five-story multilevel car storage facility (MCSF) will be built in…

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The Department of Justice has rejected a proposed ordinance by the province of Zambales to establish a marine surveillance and environment monitoring system, saying that the measure was illegal, and would usurp the functions of the Philippine Coast Guard and other national agencies. In 2015, Zambales adopted Provincial Ordinance 28…

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Intra-Asia container volume down 13.8% on-year THE consolidated volume of containerized shipments that major shipping lines moved in January between Japan and 13 countries and regions in Asia plunged 13.8 percent from a year earlier, but the Philippines was among the few markets that saw growth, the Japan International Freight…

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SOUTH KOREA’S Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) set a new world record by completing the world’s largest container ship this week, SHI and customer Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) said. The MOL Triumph is 400 meters in length, has a width of 58.8 meters, and a depth of 32.8 meters, classing it…

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TAIWANESE shipping giant Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. will give Manila a direct link to East India when it initiates a new shipping route on March 16. The new route, called the China-East India loop, will originate in Pusan, South Korea, and call at the ports of Qingdao, Shekou, and…

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THE long-planned roll on-roll off (RoRo) shipping route between Davao and Bitung, Indonesia will have its first test voyage on March 28, an official of the shipping company said. Super Shuttle Roro Assistant Vice President for Corporate Planning Edrick de Guzman said that the company needed to complete a trial…

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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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