November 2016


The Disappearing Dugong

The Dugong (Dugongidae) is the only strictly herbivorous marine mammal. It is one of four living species of the order Sirenia, which also includes three species of manatees. The Dugong is the only living mammal of the once-diverse family Dugongidae. Its closest relative, the Steller’s sea cow (Hydrodamalis gigas), was hunted to extinction in the 18th century. Dugongs and other…


Rising Sea Level: A National Security Concern

The National Defense College of the Philippines defines national security as the state or condition where the sovereignty, territorial integrity, and the people’s way of life and institutions are protected and enhanced. One of the predominant effects of climate change is rapid sea level rise. If sea level rise occurs, will it affect the sovereignty, territorial integrity, and the Filipino’s…


World’s Largest Marine Protected Area in Antarctica’s Ross Sea

The Commission for the Conservation of Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) on Friday approved the creation of a New Zealand/United States proposal to establish the world’s largest Marine Protected Area (MPA) in Antarctica’s Ross Sea. The Agreement will enter into force on December 1, 2017. The Ross Sea Marine Protected Area covers 1.55 million square kilometers, of which 1.12 million square…


Friend of the Sea confirms Kimagro’s Levantina Seabass and Seabream

Kimagro Fishfarming Ltd, a producer of Mediterranean seabass and Mediterranean seabream based in the New Port of Limassol, Cyprus, has recently concluded Friend of the Sea (FOS) renewal audit for both species, and can proudly continue to display the FOS international sustainability seal of approval on its products.  “This certification renewal is a confirmation of the sustainable origin and high…


Enhancing the U.N.-China-U.S. Strategic Collaboration

These past two weeks in the United Nations and at side events in various venues, significant happenings took place and will continue to evolve through the month of October.  Some of the world’s leaders are phasing out of the international limelight while others will be coming on the world stage for the first time. Climate Change – Priority for China,…


Information Technology Applications in the Maritime Industry

Ships have undergone many advancements in terms of design, materials, propulsion, and navigation systems. From the first ships that used muscle and wind power, to modern-day vessels that have efficient fuel and electrical systems; from wooden ships, to modern vessels made of steel and composite materials; from using star maps and astrolabes, to using GPS and computerized maps, shipping has…


Maritime Awards 2016

The Maritime Forum presents, in commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the Founding of its convener, The Maritime League, the 2016 Maritime Awards for excellence in various endeavors in the Philippine maritime community will be presented on November 25, 2016. An Awards Committee to review the final list was confirmed during the 116th Maritime Forum held at the NAMRIA, Lawton…


Damen Unveils Next Generation Water Bus

First composite vessel set to launch.  Damen is set to launch its first composite urban water shuttle as the prototype undergoes sea trials in the next few weeks. Customers benefit from reduced fuel consumption, less maintenance, no corrosion or fatigue problems, and at the same time, the Damen Waterbus is very robust.  Besides safety and efficiency, the new Damen Waterbus…


Maritime Law Enforcement in the Philippines

Maritime law enforcement maybe broadly defined as the coordinated efforts by government enforcement agencies to prevent, detect and suppress violations of maritime laws and their concomitant rules and regulations. This definition intentionally excludes the other pillars of law enforcement such as the court, rehabilitation centers and the community and focuses on the people duly authorized to enforce the law in…