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FerrySafe, FerryFast, FerryConvenient FastCat

The Archipelago Philippine Ferries Corporation (APFC) is a ferry company based in Muntinlupa, Philippines. It also operates a FastCat line of catamaran ferries, which is the first in the Philippines. APFC’s slogan is FerrySafe, FerryFast, FerryConvenient. APFC’s mission is to connect the Philippine islands and neighbouring countries by providing safe, fast and convenient ferry transport system for passengers and cargo,…




Come ride the floating bus … Sakay na!

Vallacar Transit Incorporated (VTI) began as a family-owned and managed business that has grown from a lone 14- seater jeepney business called Ceres Liner plying a single route, to a conglomerate of transportation companies with a combined number of 4,000 transport vehicles nation wide. The company pioneered inter-modal services between Negros, Cebu, Mindanao, Leyte, Panay, and Luzon. It also pioneered inter-modal transport services…


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MARINA turns 41

The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) recently celebrated its 41st founding anniversary on June 1, 2015 with simple and modest activities at its central office in Manila, and in all its regional offices. Administrator Dr. Maximo Q. Mejia, Jr. (PhD) who was on an overseas maritime conference, earlier sent words of thanks to industry stakeholders who have been a big help…


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Ro-Ro link between Phil and Indonesia pushed

The Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) is pushing for the Philippines-Indonesia Roll on-Roll off (Ro-Ro) as a prelude to the connectivity to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ro-Ro system starting next year. Marina said the connectivity will facilitate the seamless transport of cargo and passen­gers within the ASEAN economies. Initially, Marina and its Indonesian counter­part, the Indonesian Directorate General…


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Shape up to compete, Marina told domestic carriers

Local shipping industry will continue to lose from the airline industry unless services offered by vessel operators becomes at par with that of the airlines. In a Passenger Service Rating System (PSRS) conducted by the Mari­time Industry Authority (Marina) recommended that local liners need to shape up to compete with the domestic air carriers. Under the PSRS, vessel operators only…


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Koji Sekimizu of Japan is new IMO Secretary General

Mr. Koji Sekimizu of Japan, who is currently Director of IMO’s Maritime Safety Division has been elected as the Secretary- General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), for a 4-year term effective 1 January 2012. Sekimizu edged out five other candidates, including our own Neil Frank Ferrer and the nominees of the Re- public of Korea, Spain, USA and Cyprus….


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Stakeholders presses government to ratify The Maritime Labor Convention of 2006

Stakeholders in the maritime industry has again called on the Philippine government to ratify the Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 (MLC 2006) in order that it will be one of the thirty ratifying countries re­quired for the convention to take effect. The campaign for the early ratification MLC2006 is the focus of this year’s celebration of the 16th National Seafarers’…


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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…