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PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan: All types of ships with 150 gross tonnage and higher are warned to sail outside the 4,470-square kilometer area-to-be-avoided (ATBA) in the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (TRNP) to avoid the risk of accidental groundings. Commodore Joselito dela Cruz, commander of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in…

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WARRI, Nigeria: Sea pirates have kidnapped five people from a ship off the coast of oil-rich southern Nigeria, police and maritimesecurity analysts said on Thursday. The incident happened on Monday night near Parrot Island, south of the Cross River state capital, Calabar. “Information so far at our disposal is that…

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KUALA LUMPUR: Eleven Indonesian pirates have been jailed for 16 years each for attempting to hijack an oil tanker off the coast of Malaysia, an official said on Thursday. The pirates tried to hijack the Thai-flagged tanker, which was carrying seven million ringgit ($1.7 million) worth of diesel, off the…

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India is rapidly moving toward its goal of becoming a leading power in the Indian Ocean region through the sponsorship of security and economic agreements, according to a key global strategic survey by a leading London-based think tank. The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) focussed on India’s maritime security…

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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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