Maritime

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The number of cruise ship passengers and cruise ship calls to the Virgin Islands continued to slide in the second quarter of 2017, according to data compiled by the Bureau of Economic Research. The news comes as a government task force recently met with representatives of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association…

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The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) is revisiting its cargo volume forecast for 2017 after posting favorable and encouraging cargo volume in the first five months of the year. The PPA said the positive performance in almost all of its ports suggest that the anticipated negative effects of several conditions at…

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Capt. Arsenio Padilla Jr. is a man of few words. Behind this mien is a strong man whose fortitude helped him overcome the adversities in life. Padilla is currently the President of the Philippine Association of Maritime Training Centers, Inc. (PAMTCI), representing an important maritime industry stakeholder. He is also…

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PARIS: Three European companies are set to work on a pioneering project to build a fully-automated supply ship, the French member of the scheme announced on Tuesday. French offshore services company Bourbon said it had signed up with Automated Ships Ltd. (ASL) of Britain in a scheme with Norway tech…

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I have no doubt many Filipinos will answer without batting an eyelash, “yes! The Philippines is a maritime nation.” The succeeding questions will give most of us away: Has government or industry stakeholders and the general public able to relate to the significance of the country’s maritime circumstance and how…

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The letter of intent (LOI) signed between Germany and the Philippines is “the new basis for maritime transport relations,” according to German Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. “I am convinced that we can now have a new start. That we can build on a very…

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To further cement Davao’s claim as the third major international gateway in the country, the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has taken over management and operations at its Malalag’s port to upgrade the terminal to international standards. The PPA and the local government of Malalag formalized the transfer through a memorandum…

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Two maritime events successively took place last week of July to tackle the same issue: bringing together stakeholders to prepare a maritime agenda that reflects the goals, strategies and targets of the various sectors constituting the country’s maritime industry. The Movement for Maritime Philippines (MMP) held the first of a…

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CLAIMS that the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) in the past did not have clear direction for the maritime industry is not completely true, otherwise, the state in which we find the industry now would have been worse. I am aware, having joined MARINA in 1979 until I resigned in 2003…

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Japan Cruise Lines (JCL), the leading Japanese cruise line, is set to include the Philippines in its regular itinerary starting next year, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said on Thursday. DOT and JCL made this announcement on the sidelines of the 2017 Philippine Business Mission (PBM) to Japan that ran…

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