February 2011

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E-ticketing, booking system to start this summer

Government is set to impose a new ticketing system in its bid to promote maritime safety and zero accident before the start of the Summer Vacation. The move is consistent with the earlier pronouncement of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) advocating Zero Maritime accident which includes among others the promotion of passenger safety and security through the provision…


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Extended Waterfront Development Needed: Part IV

In a third issue I outlined three more issues that have not been addressed from a macro viewpoint: The Manila Bay-Cavite Wetlands, Pollution, solid waste and sewage control, and Solving the solid waste dilemma: the Tokyo Bay and other models. I now wish to address a project that I might con- sider close to my heart, having been the General…


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Cebu Pacific flew 10.5 million passengers in 2009, up 19%

Budget airline Cebu Pacific flew some 10.5 million passengers to different destinations locally and internationally from January to December 2010, an increase of 19% over 8.76 million carried in 2009 as the airline continues to upgrade its fleet. CEB’s growth was mainly driven by a 38% increase in international passengers, which numbered over 2.23 million in 2010. The airline also…


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Oversupply of bottoms delays recovery from the global economic crisis

Oversupply of bottoms in the international trade is expected to be one of the major issues that the industry will face this year, accord­ing to a report released by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The report showed that the trend would con­tinue even if there is enough data showing that seaborne trade is declining which is…


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Maritime Asia as the Foundation of a New Economic Era

by Ambassador Carlos C. Salinas Philippine Ambassador to Spain, Chairman and CEO, Philippine Transmarine Carriers, Inc. and Chairman, Filipino Shipowners’ Association (Speech delivered during the 11th LSM Manning & Training Conference, November 18, 2010) In the aftermath of the global financial crisis observers note that the center of gravity of the world economy has shifted to the Asian hemisphere. The…


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ICTSI, ATI expand terminals to ease port congestion

International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) and Asian Terminals, Inc. (ATI), operators of the Ma­nila International Container Terminal (MICT) and Manila South Harbor (MSH), respectively are injecting modest investments starting this year to address congestion currently being experienced at their ports. The two operators claimed that they have committed the investments with the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), the Bureau of…


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NewSim: Going Ten years and beyond

It is easy to say but to make the years rolling to this point is what keeps Newsimers at the edge of its game. Especially for us, we seek the battle field and by keeping the fight we can only know what winning means and ten years insinuated we were still at the edge of our game. Newsim celebrated its…


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MARITAS: Changing with the times

More than two decades in business in a fickle minded industry like shipping is no small feat and staying on top is a much harder task to say the least. Maritime Resources Technology Inc. (MARITAS) on the verge of celebrating its silver anniversary has managed to do both. Head honcho, Celso De Guzman or Ka Celso to friends in the…


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Pirate attacks greet the New Year

Somali pirates launched a wave of attacks on shipping over the Christ­mas and New Year period, with the hijack of five ships and attempts on others. Hijacked ships included: The Algerian-owned and flagged Blida was captured 150 nautical miles off Oman on 1 January. The 27 crew include Algerian, Filipino and Ukrainian seafar­ers. The Mozambican-flagged fishing vessel Vega 5 with…


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Anglo-Eastern’s growth expected to continue in the near-term

Anglo-Eastern has always followed basic principles of safety and quality above anything else. As the cor­nerstone of their growth, from only 38 employees in 1998 to its current workforce of 360, this has been and continues to be the basis of steady but continuous growth, in the face of industry problems and global economic downturns. Anglo-Eastern’s management, from the initial…