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Kristina Kamatoy, MICHA Scholarship Beneficiary 2018 (Photo: Sailors' Society)

Sailors’ Society Select Kamatoy for MIHCA Scholarship

Aspiring chef, Kristina Kamatoy, 18, has been selected as the second beneficiary of a maritime education scholarship co-funded by Sailors’ Society and Garrets International, and given by Homer Foundation.   Kamatoy, from Quezon in The Philippines, received the scholarship to train at the Magsaysay Center for Hospitality and Culinary Arts (MIHCA) in Manila. The Sailors’ Society – Homer Foundation Scholarship enables Filipino students from underprivileged backgrounds to pursue culinary careers in the shipping industry.   Kristina said: “This scholarship will serve

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

(L-R) Doug Whyte, Hydro Group managing director, and Steve Ang, Hydro Group Asia technical sales manager (Photo: Hydro Group)

Hydro Group Plans for Asia Pacific Growth

; As part of international expansion plans in 2013 the firm formed its Singapore based division, Hydro Group Asia, which has shown an annual increase of sales in the region of over £1.5 million. The five new Business Partner agreements with Uni-One in Taiwan, ISL in China, Oceanpixel in the Philippines, PT Indonesia in Indonesia and DKHG in Vietnam will aid Hydro Group’s cabling interconnect solutions presence in these important markets.   “Entering into these new agreements allows us to improve our network across South East Asia, as part of our continued growth plans for

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

Sharon Gill, VP of Sales, Singapore

ShipServ opens Singapore office

on the platform. “The MPA and the SSA have been big advocates of innovation in shipping and with an established and growing user base in Singapore, it was a natural fit to set up this office,” said Ms Gill. ShipServ also has offices in London, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, USA and the Philippines with local agents in Brazil and Croatia

Photo: Crewtoo

Mariners Dread Port Calls

, it will not only reap the rewards with a more motivated, loyal, and hardworking workforce, but it will attract new talent to the industry, something which is sadly lacking at the moment.” Answers to the survey are received from across all ranks and nationalities including seafarers from the Philippines, U.K., Poland, Croatia, Germany, U.S., Canada, India, and Turkey, as well as a number of African nations. The age of survey respondents ranged from 16 to the late 60s. Masters made up the largest proportion of responses by rank; some 11 percent of respondents stated that they were currently serving

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).

Photo: Sailors’ Society

Fundraiser Event to Benefit Greek Maritime Scholarships

.00, followed by dinner and live music. There will also be live and silent auctions to help raise additional funds for the maritime scholarships program.   Sailors’ Society offers maritime scholarships in collaboration with several training colleges around the world including in Singapore, Philippines and the U.K. This will be the first time the charity will provide maritime students with scholarships in Greece.   The evening’s headline sponsors are Acropolis Chartering with additional support from Aspida, JLJ Maritime S.A Athens and Chios Navigation (Hellas) Ltd.   Stavros

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

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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