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The Philippine Coast Guard announced that the Philippine Coast Guard Aptitude Battery Test (PCGABT) set for this weekend, May 27-28 at the Asian Institute of Maritime Studies in Pasay City, has been postponed to June 3-4. The PCGABT is the entrance exam for enlistment in the Coast Guard, and is…

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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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Singapore will develop and test an autonomous container truck platooning system, The Ministry of Transport (MOT) and the Port of Singapore Authority (PSA) announced in a joint statement on Thursday. Truck platooning involves a human-driven lead truck leading a convoy of driverless trucks. In the Singapore trials, the trucks will…

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IN spite of fears of congestion and slowing cargo movement, the global verified gross mass (VGM) requirement that the accurate weight of all containers be recorded before loading has been handled smoothly in most ports, according to Marine Transport International (MTI). The relative ease with which shippers, forwarders, and port…

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A new International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulation on ballast water management as well as continuing weakness in freight rates will increase tanker shipping demolitions over the next two years, with the trend accelerating in later years, according to maritime industry analyst Drewry. In a report, Drewry said the relative youth…

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FOR the second time in less than three months, Saudi Arabian authorities have issued a warning that “there is a prevalent threat” to shipping in the Bab al-Mandeb strait separating Yemen from Africa, after Houthi rebels destroyed a civilian vessel. The announcement was made in a statement by the Saudi…

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FINDING more efficient ways to utilize empty shipping containers to limit their movement around the globe will significantly lower CO2 and other green-house gas emissions, the head of a major intermodal firm said. Jesús García López, the chief executive officer of Cadiz, Spain-based Connectainer Intermodal Solutions, said that about 21…

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SPEAKING at a joint meeting of the Philippine International Seafreight Forwarders Association (PISFA) and the Aircargo Forwarders Association of the Philippines on August 11, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade outlined his development plan for the maritime sector over the next six years. The plan include projects to ease reliance on the…

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A RECENT Chinese initiative to tighten measures for preventing the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in the country are threatening to cause delays to shipments at one of the busiest times of the year, exporters and freight forwarders have complained. China this week issued amendments to regulations that were…

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