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Unions Demand Justice for Philippines Fishery Workers

Global unions the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) and IUF (International Union of Food, Agricultural and Hospitality Workers) demanded the reinstatement of 78 unfairly sacked workers at Philippines seafood supplier Citra Mina – and promised the workers their continuing support. The 78 are fishers and cannery workers at the General Santos-based firm. They were dismissed when they asked for union recognition at the company. A strike and mediation efforts followed, but they remain barred from their jobs. Before the strike there were around 400 regular employees in the

A commemorative shot of graduates with guests. Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

MOL Holds Graduation Ceremony for Filipino Seafarers

in the sixth class of the "3rd Year Program," which MOL introduced with the goal of developing crewmembers who will uphold strict safety standards in vessel operation.   The 3rd Year Program targets new seafarers from among third-year students at partner maritime schools in the Philippines. MOL provides education and training at the Magsaysay Institute of Shipping (MIS), its training center in the Philippines.   On hand for the graduation ceremony were Development Bank of the Philippines President, Cecilia C. Borromeo, MARINA, Deputy Executive Director for STCW, Atty. Maximo

L-R Olav Eek Thorstensen, Executive Chairman of the Thome Group officially opens the training facility with his son Claes Eek Thorstensen, President and COO of the Thome Group (Photo: Thome)

Thome Opens Training Facility in The Philippines

Thome Ship Management Pte. Ltd., has opened a modern training facility in Makati city in the heart of the Philippines, so that its seafarers and cadets can practise using the latest equipment which will be the same as the machinery they encounter once onboard. All guests were welcomed by Capt Ivar Thomasli, Managing Director of Thome Ship Management – ROHQ, followed by the ribbon - cutting ceremony led by Thome Group Executive Chairman, Olav Eek Thorstensen, President and Chief Commercial Officer (COO), Claes Eek Thorstensen, Deputy Managing Director Sartaj Gill and Regional Training Manager

Photo: V.Group

V.Group Inaugurates New Center in Manila

 1,000 new seafarers register on first day of V.Group's new Manila Training Center   Maritime services provider V.Group, together with its third party ship management arm, V.Ships, are celebrating the inauguration of a new office and training center in Manila, Philippines.   The recently opened center is located in the Philippines’ Aseana City district. Ocupying 6,700 square meters over five floors of the new Aseana II building, the state-of-the-art facility is the single biggest investment by V.Group in its history and is intended to become a center of excellence for the group.

Felixstowe, the busiest container port in the United Kingdom, where the IMO kicked off its 2017 World Maritime Day theme ‘Connecting ships, ports and people.’ Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

"It is Easy for Seafarers to Feel Lonely and Isolated" Says UN

messages, photos and videos to IMO's social media channels.   “We ask all of you to join us and say Seafarers matter!”   The Day of the Seafarer, marked annually on 25 June, was established in a resolution adopted by the 2010 Diplomatic Conference in Manila, the capital of Philippines, to recognize the unique contribution made by seafarers from all over the world to international seaborne trade, the world economy and civil society as a whole

Photo: International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)

ICS Forecasts Serious Seafarers Shortage

could generate a serious shortage in the total supply of officers.   However, the report estimates there is a current surplus of about 119,000 ratings (15.8%), with demand only having increased by about 1% since 2010.     Significantly, China is thought to have overtaken the Philippines as the largest single source of seafarers qualified for international trade (although the Philippines is still the largest source of ratings).    However, data from international shipping companies suggests that the extent to which Chinese seafarers are available for international

Weathernews’ Manila Operation Center in Makati

Weathernews Opens Manila Operations Center

Filipino marine professionals employed to meet demand for service from the shipping industry Weathernews Inc. announced it has established a new operations center in the Philippines in response to the shipping industry’s demand for the company’s risk communication services. The company officially kicked off operations for their voyage cost-optimizing services this month from the new Manila Operations Center with a commencement event in the City of Makati last week. Weathernews aims to help the shipping industry reduce vessel fuel consumption while maintaining safety and punctuality

Gerardo Borromeo (Photo: ICS)

New Training Record Books for the Philippines

In cooperation with the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the Filipino Shipowners Association (FSA) and the Maritime Industry Authority of the Philippines (MARINA) have launched a special new Philippines edition of the widely used ICS/ISF Training Record Books. The four existing ICS/ISF books (for deck officer cadets, engine officer cadets, deck rating trainees and engine rating trainees) have been fully updated to match the competences required under the ‘Manila’ amendments to the IMO Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW 2010).

Tadaaki Naito, President, NYK Photo: NYK Line

NYK Partners with KOSEN

the promotion of maritime affairs awareness.   NYK has a number of programs to educate the next generation of seafarers, and one of those programs facilitates international student-exchanges between students at KOSEN maritime schools and the NYK-TDG Maritime Academy, which NYK operates in the Philippines.   In addition to these overseas exchange programs and the promotion of maritime affairs awareness, NYK will boost its cooperation with KOSEN to include training in Japan and overseas for teachers and students. This training will begin this summer.   NYK will continue to support

HHIC-Phil’s Subic Shipyard

Philippines' Subic Shipyard books $5B in Sales

Hanjin Heavy Industries is trying hard to retain its leadership by reviving the shipyard in Subic Bay, the Philippines. Since running at full capacity in 2009, the Subic Shipyard has won orders continuously, surpassing $5 billion dollars in sales in 5 years   HHIC-Phil’s Subic Shipyard is the largest shipyard in the Philippines with 300 ha in total area, which opened in Subic Bay in 2009. In just five years, the company reached US 5 billion dollars in sales and strengthened its leading position in the Philippines, says a company press release. In five years it  was able to strengthen

MOL's Masaaki Nemoto: Image courtesy of MOL

MOL Philippine Maritime Students Graduate

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) inform of the graduation of 126 students in the third class of the “Third Year Program,” which targets new seafarers from among third-year students at seven partner maritime schools in the Philippines. MOL explains that it provides education and training at the Magsaysay Institute of Shipping(MIS), its training center in the Philippines. The program received accreditation as the equivalent to university-level education under the Academe-Industry Linkage Program promoted by the Philippine government. Selected students will be educated and trained at the

A commemorative shot of graduates with guests Photo MOL

MOL Graduates Final Class in 3rd Year Program

and final class of the "3rd Year Program," which MOL introduced with the goal of developing crew members who will uphold strict safety standards in vessel operation. The “3rd Year Program” targeted new seafarers from among third-year students at partner maritime schools in the Philippines. MOL provided education and training at the Magsaysay Institute of Shipping (MIS), its training center in the Philippines. MIS was jointly established by MOL and Magsaysay Maritime Corporation in 1993. The institute provides various types of practical and theoretical training to prepare students

Mark Broster & Robyn Harrigan speaking at ECDIS Seminar, Dubai (Photo: ECDIS)

ECDIS Enters Second Phase of International Seminars in Dubai

, [the] interaction with the instructor and sharing of knowledge was excellent. [They] addressed issues which were not covered in usual ECDIS training."   Dubai, yet again made the team feel very welcome, and provided the perfect learning environment. The next stop for the team is Manila, Philippines on Thursday November 17th.    

Crew Wellbeing is Improving -UK P&I Club

has fallen from 11 percent in 1996 to a current figure of 3.25 percent, reflecting a combination of increased fitness and wellbeing of crew globally, as well as tighter selection criteria.    The PEME Program, which is part of UK P&I’s Loss Prevention department, began in the Philippines with just five clinics located in Manila and six members who collectively employed approximately 1,000 crew. Today, it boasts 65 clinics in 24 countries, including 16 in Philippines, located in Manila, Iloilo City, Davao City and Cebu. Over the past 20 years more than 355,000 medical examinations

Greg Vines, ILO Deputy Director-General for Management & Reform (© Joy Corthésy / ISWAN)

International Seafarers’ Welfare Awards Presented

Jasper Del RosarioJasper Del Rosario is a highly experienced and well-trained Sailors’ Society chaplain who is fully committed to supporting seafarers any time of the day or night. He visits seafarers on ships, in hospital, in prison and at home and provides holistic coaching in the Philippines as a Wellness at Sea trainer. He provided exceptional support to seafarers and their families in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.ISWAN’s Executive Director, Roger Harris, said after the ceremony, “Tonight’s awards celebrate the heroes of seafarers’ welfare provision

Photo courtesy of Liverpool Seafarers Centre

Liverpool to Lead Way in Cruise Ship Crew Welfare for Third Year

terminal. This makes all the difference to the crew, who would otherwise struggle to find the time to travel to outreach centers. Liverpool is leading the way in offering support to cruise ship crew. The seafarers are mostly from poor third world countries like Bangladesh, Indonesia, India and the Philippines. They are bread winners and spend their lives working away from their families just to send money home. With such a tough life it is vital they have a friendly person they can turn to, to offer confidential support, in case they have difficulties either on ship or at home.”Wilson said crew

(Photo: Galileo Maritime Academy)

Thailand Emerges as an International Maritime Training Center

in international students from the cruise ship and offshore oil & gas industries, partly due to the growth in cruise ship operations based in Asia and voyaging to new Asian cruise destinations such as Phuket and Phang Nga Bay, the Andaman Islands, the Mergui archipelago, Bali and Lombok, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, and also because of the starting recovery of the oil and gas offshore operations.Bill O’Leary, principal consultant to the Malaysian National Fund on marine development and one of the four partners in Galileo, commented, “Safety and security

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