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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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Local carriers debunk monopoly with Nenaco’s acquisition of ATS

Local carriers expect no monopoly in the local shipping industry with the recent acquisition of Aboitiz Transport System (ATS) by Negros Navigation Co. (Nenaco). The two firms finally sealed the deal on December 28, 2010, or a month earlier than their mid-January target. The carriers claimed that the industry would remain level as the bulk of the country’s cargo traffic…


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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…


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Bidding for the construction of the Manila Bulk Terminal

The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) seeks to bid the construction of its bulk terminal by the second quarter of this year that will be located at the mouth of the Manila Bay and in between Manila South Harbor and Manila International Container Terminal. PPA said they are now working on the terms of reference for the development of the bulk…


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Embodying safety projects in maritime schools

For many years the main focus of seafarer’s training has been on improving the technical aspects of naviga­tion and engineering systems to improve safety – the man-machine interface competence. Though these efforts have been very successful in the reduction of accident rates in the safety critical maritime industry, it appears that a ‘safety level plateau’ has now been reached. Accidents…


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Marina to make Philippines a hub for shipbuilding, ship-repair in Asia-Pacific

The Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) has started to lay grounds for the establishment and development of a shipbuilding and ship-repair industry for the Asia-Pacific, which is a long-time dream not only of the agency but the entire country. To complement this industry, Marina is also looking at developing first the logis­tics and transshipment hub of the country which will be…


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SBMA sets earlier time for second container terminal bidding

The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) has moved the bidding for its second container terminal towards the end of the year from early 2008.1t explained that this would maximize the potential of t heir two new container terminals if it will go into full commercial l operations together by next year. On an interview, SBMA seaport chief Capt. Perfecto Pascual…


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Tanker operators wants deferment of Oil Pollution Compensation Act

Tanker operators as well as oil companies are seeking the deferment of the implementation of Republic Act 9483 or the Oil Pollution Compensation Act until a new law is passed. The stakeholders, led by the Philippine Petroleum Sea Transport Association (Philpesta), Association of Tankers Owners of the Philippines (Atophil), and the ‘big 3′ oil firms Shell, Chevron (Caltex) and Petron,…


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MARINA to review Domestic Shipping Development Act

Not satisfied with the slow-paced development of the domestic shipping industry three years after Republic Act 9295 or the Domestic Shipping Development Act of 2004, the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) wants to review its implementing guidelines to streamline some aspects and make it more attractive to investors. It added that the review will not only involve certain provisions but will…


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MAAP hosts successful 8th International Conference on Engine Room Simulators -the ICERS 8

The Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP) in cooperation with the International Maritime Lecturers’ Association (IMLA) recently hosted 8th International Conference on Engine Simulators (ICERS-8) last November 5-9 at the Sheraton Park Hotel Manila. Recognized as the prime producer of competent seafarer’s to the global shipping fleet, the Philippines is primarily responsible for the growing popularity of maritime…


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WIMAPHIL holds Seminar on Environment Protection

The Women in Maritime Philippines or WIMAPHIL, headed by its president, Ms. Carla-Limcaoco of Philippine Transmarine Carriers (PTC) recently sponsored a 4-day seminar at the Manila Hotel starting November 5 to 9. The National Maritime Seminar Workshop on “Environment Protection in the Philippines: Advocacy by Women in Maritime” was held in partnership with the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The seminar…


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PPA SECURITY CHIEF RECEIVES COMMENDATION

the National Law Enforcement Sub-Committee on Intelligence Coordination awards a Certificate of Commendation to PPMAJ DANTE V. DACANAY, officiaI representative of the Philippine Ports Authority to the Committee, for successfully leading ISAS and a group of concerned government agents that resulted in the capture of eight (8) MILF members, two (2) of whom are Commanders and all are said to…


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WISTA INDUCTS NEW OFFICERS

The Women’s International Shipping and Trade Association (WISTA) Philippines Chapter recently inducted its first set of officers with Cristina Oben-Nazareno of Wallem Philippines as President. The induction ceremony held at the G Hotel in Manila saw several women executives and known shipping personalities gracing the affair led by Aida Dizon, Finance Manager of the Philippine Ports Authority and Atty. Brenda…


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“K” Line Training Program for Seafarers on LNG Carriers Meets SIGTTO Standards

A training program established by Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) for seafarers assigned to LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) carriers has been accredited by the Norwegian shipping classification society Det Norske Veritas (DNV) to be in accordance with LNG Shipping Suggested Competency Standards (SIGTTO Standards). SIGTTO (Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators Limited) with a membership that includes…