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PPA revokes 50-50 sharing agreement in cargo-handling

The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has revoked the 50-50 sharing agreement in arrastre fees in all ports nationwide in instances where cargo handlers (CH) uses the equipment of shipping lines in its bid to force cargo handling service operators to procure their own facilities. “In this regard, PPA MC No. 01-2009 pre­scribing the 50-50 sharing on the arrastre fees in…


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Nenaco buys new vessel dubbed as the biggest Fun Ship

Domestic shipping giant Negros Navigation Co. (Nenaco) has purchased another vessel to further improve its fleet and maintain its lead over its nearest counterpart. The new vessel is also expected to increase the capacity of its passage sector as well as the capacity of its cargo sector wherein Nenaco is focusing at the moment. According to Nenaco chair Sulficio Tagud,…


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NMC, LSC forms JV for cargo-handling chores

Sister firms Lorenzo Shipping Corp. (LSC) and NMC Container Lines (NMC) have formed a joint venture to handle all the companies’ cargo handling chores nationwide. The JV, which will be named One Team Services, Inc., will be a 50-50 sharing agreement between the two Magsaysay-owned local cargo handling operators. “One Team Services, Inc. will develop competencies to eventually handle the…


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The new STCW convention: its effect to ship-owners

The STCW convention, mainly addressing the competency and training standards for crew on board mer­chant ships, was amended in Manila, June of 2010 where it received a thorough overhaul. The convention first saw daylight in 1978, and then again in 1995 with the current convention which has been serving its purpose well by aligning training and certification standards across the…


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Ships called from Japan sparks mixed screening strategies from US, EU

As April ended and May started, ships that had called at Japanese ports post-radiation leaks finally found their way to European and US ports. And what greeted them was a disjointed mix of reactions and confused strategies on screening and decontamination plans. Tactics ranged from outright expulsion and outside port limits radiation checks, to random spot checks and written guarantees….


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PPA launches new Ro-Ro service in Bicol region

Atty. Juan C. Sta. Ana visited Bicol on March 15-16, 2011, marking his third out-of-town trip since his appointment as PPA General Manager. Accompanied by AGM for Corporate Affairs & Special Projects/Port District Manager for Southern Luzon, Hector E. Miole, Sta. Ana led the launching of the Roll-On, Roll-Off (RORO) service along the route connecting the Ports of Nato to…


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Maritime Security Implications of the Death of Osama Bin Laden

On May2, 2011, Osama bin Laden was killed by gunshot wounds to the head and chest during a raid on his compound in Pakistan. This death of the founder of al-Qaeda, the ultra-militant Islamist organization, will carry mixed results globally. The impact to South East Asia is a high probability of terrorist attack(s) targeted against the maritime community in the…


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Maritime League to hold 1st Philippine International Maritime Conference and Exhibition

The Maritime League, a non-profit Filipino maritime foundation in cooperation with both the government and maritime stakeholders in the country is organizing a 2-days maritime event dubbed the 1st Philippines International Maritime Conference and Exhibition (PIMCE 2011) this November 14 to 15. With the theme “The Philippines – A land of Maritime Opportunity”, the event is aimed at providing venue…


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New railway connecting China and SEA proposed

With China’s domestic rail network already developing at a rapid pace, the Chinese government is plan­ning to go international, with plans underway to create a regional rail network stretching as far as Singapore. Strategically positioned in south-western China, Kunming is set to become the key regional hub connecting China and Southeast Asia. The planned railway network will help boost trade…


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Tough Challenges face IMEC new team

The International Maritime Employers Cooperation (IMEC), the largest international organization deal­ing exclusively with maritime industrial relations, held its annual general meeting in London following a meeting of the IMEC Board of Directors held on the previous day. During the meeting, many areas of interest to the maritime sec­tor were discussed including piracy, the ongoing International Bargaining Forum negotiations and the…


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Gov’t ensures safe and convenient port travel

In anticipation of the influx of passengers that will be passing through the ports with the upcoming opening of classes come June, the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) are continuously and strictly adopting appropriate measures to ensure the safety, security and convenience of the passengers, ships and cargoes in the ports. Among the measures that shall be continuously undertaken especially during…


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ATI looks at PPP projects, Allots P1 billion for ports

Asian Terminals Inc., the country’s second largest port operator, said that it has extra cash for possible port acquisition this year after the company disposed its grains terminal last year. Eusebio Tanco, ATI president, told report­ers that the company has around P1 billion to spend for port acquisition for this year and expand its presence in the country. “Any opportunity…


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The Philippine Navy should plan to procure locally now

In the last issue we talked about the departure of the Philippine Navy contingent that was going to San Diego in connection with the PN’s acquiring the USCG Cutter Hamilton and some concerns expressed by some in the PN forum interested in development of the Navy. The update on this is that the PN contingent would take over officially on…


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Air Traffic down in 2010

The data revealed that total traffic plummeted by some 32.723 million kilograms (kg) or 5.81% to 563.080 million kg from 595.804 million kilograms handled in 2009. The data also added that Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and PAL remain the top carriers of cargo. The data also showed that cargo volume is highest in September 2010 totaling to about 58.429 million…


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MNHPI cancels leases at NH, plans to increase rental rates

The Manila North Harbour Port, Inc. (MNHPI) has cancelled all lease agreements at the North Harbor to pave the way for the increase in all rental rates at the country’s premier but most inefficient port. MNHPI has already informed their stake­holders to make the necessary arrangements with the company in order to continue their business at the port. Latest data…


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PAL hires third-party to boost category upgrade

In its bid to facilitate the compliance of the Philippines to certain safety issues raised by the United States Fed­eral Aviation Authority (US FAA), flag-carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) has tapped a third party to help the country regain the category I status for its aviation industry. PAL said they already signed a contract with Tim Neel & Associates, LLC (TNA),…


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Improved Transport and Logistics to Spur Asian trade

Improved transport and logistics among Asian countries will result to regional integration and most impor­tantly overwhelming trade gains, according to the lead transport economist of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Peter Darjes, ADB lead transport economist said over the last 5 years, Asian trade growth was at 8 percent in real terms, between Asian and the rest of the world….


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Philippines and China: close neighbors or distant relatives?

“We need to seek common ground while shelving differences and enhance common security… We need to accommodate each other’s security concerns, demonstrate the utmost goodwill, wisdom and patience in settling differences through dialogue and consultation, and promote regional security cooperation so as to uphold peace and stability in our region.” – China Pres. Hu Jintao at Boao Forum for Asia,…