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BEIJING: The Chinese icebreaker Xuelong steamed south from Shanghai on Wednesday bound for Antarctica, where it will establish China’s newest base as Beijing strives to become a polar power. China is a latecomer in the race for pole position but its interest in Antarctica has grown along with its economic…

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FLORIDA: It’s time for South Florida’s annual peak cruise season, and passengers are about to be greeted with “smart” ships that offer high-tech concierge services, a re-imagined cruise terminal with a movie theater, digital avatar sailing companions and ultra-luxury voyages with butler service. Those and other perks await cruisers departing…

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As the second largest archipelagic country in the world, the Philippines has yet to fully utilize its maritime resources to spark a surge in its national economy and employment rate. One of the biggest and most recent developments in the maritime industry was the launching of the roll-on, roll-off (ro-ro)…

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Blockchain in Trucking Alliance (BiTA), a forum to develop and adopt blockchain applications in the logistics industry, has expanded its members with eCapital — a company that supports the maritime supply chain through funding for businesses. As a technology-powered payment services provider, eCapital is developing access to capital to streamline…

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The Port of Singapore Authority (PSA) has arranged containers into a Guinness-World-Record-breaking formation during an event honoring Pagar Terminal in Singapore as it moves to consolidate terminals. PSA arranged the containers into the shape of a lion’s head with support from shipping line customers during an event. The feat used…

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This coming week, from November 6 to 10, eight Filipino women engaged in the maritime sector will join their counterparts from 15 Asian countries in Dili, Timor Leste to discuss on how they could support achieve the UN Agenda 2030, under which are 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs). The Regional…

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From a global perspective, cruise ship tourism offers continued advancement and evolution. Notable effects on the destination’s economy and local societies are thereby expected, following the growth of the cruise tourism industry. The regional progress of cruise ship tourism in Asia contributes to the overall state of the industry, as…

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The Port of Manila garnered the 32nd spot in Lloyd’s List Top 100 container ports worldwide in 2016, the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) announced on Thursday. It also landed the 22nd spot in the top 100 Asian ports. According to Lloyd’s List, the positive performance was due to the Philippines’…

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A new set of guidelines for regulators will significantly help to manage marine noise, which is increasingly posing a major threat to many marine animals. Bradnee Chambers, executive secretary of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), said the recommendations are a response to a historically unprecedented increase in marine noise.…

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One issue which the Philippine maritime industry continuously face is the implementation of maritime conventions. It is disturbing enough that this archipelago takes decades before ratifying a convention, but more appalling is the propensity to defer implementation through national legislation. The extensive maritime conventions adopted by the International Maritime Organization…

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