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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Philippines Government News

Political Issues Wrap Nickel Ore Trade

Peter Modev, Senior Loss Prevention Executive at UK P&I Club, and the Club’s local correspondent (Pandiman Philippines) provide an update on the risks in transporting nickel ore from the Philippines. Nickel ore cargo originates principally in the Southern region of the Philippines, where it is loaded at Mindanao, but loading areas are private enterprises and at present shippers/mines are not allowing any access to these facilities. It is difficult for foreign experts to currently travel to the area, as most Embassies have strict travel warnings about going to the region.

Australia gifts landing craft Photo by Royal Australian Navy

Landing Craft Gifted to Philippines by Oz

Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, was joined at HMAS Cairns today by his Philippine counterpart, Flag Officer in Command Philippine Navy, Vice Admiral Jesus Millan, at a ceremony to gift two decommissioned Australian Balikpapan class landing craft to the Government of the Philippines. Super Typhoon Haiyan caused significant devastation to the Philippines in November 2013 and approximately 500 Australian Defence Force personnel, including the crew of HMAS Tobruk and a deployment of Army Engineers…

French and Filipino Firms Bid to Operate Bissau Port

French firm Necotrans and the Philippines' International Container Terminal Services submitted bids on Monday to operate Guinea Bissau's main port, the transport minister said, as the government looks to cede control to a private operator. The main port in the capital Bissau, which is small and can only be serviced at high tide by some cargoes, has been operated by a state agency ever since the government stripped Portugal-based operator Tertir of the concession rights in 1999.

Image courtesy:Philippine Ports Authority

'Business as Usual' for Manila Port During Papal Visit

Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) says that the country's major seaports, except the Manila South Harbor, will remain open during Pope Francis' visit to the country from January 15 to 19. PPA general manager Juan Sta. Ana said it is “business as usual” for the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT), North Port, Harbour Centre Port Terminals Inc., and the Tacloban baseport. The clarifications come after reports in the local media that the Manila Port will be closed prompting PPA to suspend operations.

File photo: Indonesian Navy Show

Indonesia Bans Ships for Philippines

The Indonesian Government has banned vessels flying Indonesias flag from sailing to the Philippines following the latest hostage incident. According to a report in AP,  Indonesia said, a halt on coal shipments to the Philippines will remain in place until Manila can secure its waters after seven Indonesian sailors were kidnapped, the latest in a string of abductions. The ruling was issued after the government confirmed the Indonesian sailors were kidnapped at gunpoint earlier this week, and were being held hostage.

INS Sahyadri. Photo by Indian Navy

INS Sahyadri in Philippines for Goodwill Visit

The INS Sahyadri, a Shivalik-class stealth frigate, of Indian Navy arrived in Manila on Sunday for a four-day goodwill visit to the country. It is docked at the South Harbor. The warship is likely to remain in Manila till November 4 for extensive interaction with the Philippines Navy before it continues into the North West Pacific region as part of India's Act East policy. The visit of INS Sahyadri, an indigenously built warship of the Shivalik class, is aimed at strengthening bilateral ties and enhancing inter-operability between navies of India and the Philippines…

Photo: Department of Transportation - DOTr Philippines

Philippines-Indonesia Shipping Route Soon

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced plans to open a shorter shipping route between the Philippines and Indonesia, a move meant to strengthen trade relations between the two neighboring countries, reported  Manila Times. The maiden voyage scheduled on April 28 will originate from Davao City, the hometown of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. Agricultural products will be among the first batches of cargo to be transported on the new shipping route, the trade department said.

MOL: Supporting Typhoon Relief Efforts in Philippines

MOL Training Ship Spirit of MOL Transports Aid Supplies; Volunteer Work on Site. MOL President Koichi Muto announced that its training ship, the Spirit of MOL (*1) has delivered aid supplies to Misamis Oriental Province on Mindanao Island, the Philippines, which suffered severe damage from typhoon Sendong (International name: Washi) in mid-December. The ship carried supplies provided by MOL, its group company Magsaysay MOL Marine, Inc. (*2) and the Philippine government. MOL received a request for transport of emergency aid supplies from the Philippines Social Welfare Development…

Photo: AMSA

IMO Conference to Address Ferry Safety

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) will hold an international conference on the enhancement of safety of ships carrying passengers on non-international voyages, in Manila, the Philippines, on April 24, 2015. The conference, which will be opened by IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu, will be hosted by the Government of the Philippines at the Philippine International Convention Centre, Manila, and is expected to be attended by a number of IMO Member States interested in the matter…

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III. Photo from the official Facebook page of the government

Philippines Opens up Shipping Sector

Philippine President Benigno S. C. Aquino III has signed off on legislation to open up the shipping sector and encourage more competition in the cloistered industry, report AFP. He also signed into law a measure that aims to level the country’s playing field. The twin steps forward is government’s bid to further improve the country’s business climate. “Today, we signed into law two measures that will help ensure our economy’s continued progress. With these two laws... A new statute will provide greater access for international firms to the Philippines' shipping routes…

Image: DP World

DP World in Philippines Talks

Dubai-based DP World Group chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem has held discussions with senior Philippines officials on trade and business opportunities. DP World is present in the Philippines through its stake in Asian Terminals Inc., which operates the modern South Harbour in Manila. ATI is the sole container terminal and multi-cargo port operator of South Harbour, the Philippines' key terminal in the country's biggest market providing services for containerised and non-containerised cargoes and passengers.

Photo courtesy of Bibby Ship Management

Bibby Ship Management Philippines Receives FAME Award

Bibby Ship Management Philippines, Inc, has been recognized by the Filipino Association for Mariners’ Employment Inc (FAME) for its role in the development of the Philippine maritime industry. The company, part of the Bibby Ship Management Group Ltd, received a plaque in recognition of its “active support and loyal affiliation” to the Association for the last 15 years. FAME is celebrating its fourth decade in the maritime manning business. Jonathan Palma, President/CEO of Bibby Ship Management Philippines…

ICTSI port management company currently involved in the operations and development of marine terminals and port projects worldwide. Map by ICTSI

ICTSI Shows Interest in Greece's Port

Philippines head quartered International Container Terminal Services Inc. has expressed interest in a majority stake in Piraeus port in Greece, says a report in AFP. “Yes. We are now reviewing this opportunity,” ICTSI vice president and treasurer Rafael Consing Jr. said in a text message. Greece unblocked the sale of a 51 per cent stake in Piraeus port and has invited three short listed investors to submit binding bids by September. Chinese conglomerate COSCO and the Dutch company…

Yacht Race

Hong Kong - Philippines Yacht Race

A yacht race from Hong Kong to the Philippines will take place from 1 April (Wednesday) to 6 April (Monday). About 24 yachts are expected to participate in the race. The race will commence on 1 April 2015 at 1330 hours at a place off the Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter. It will follow an easterly route through the harbour and Tathong Channel, thence to the Philippines. Masters, coxswains and persons-in-charge of vessels navigating in the vicinity of the race routes should proceed with caution, giving practical consideration to the contestants.

Chinese Boats in Disputed S. China Sea Area

China’s 30-ship fleet was reportedly being escorted by a fisheries administration patrol ship and a 3,000-ton supply ship, enough provision for five to 10 days of fishing, according to a 'Manila Standard Today' news report. Locklear, who arrived Monday for a three-day visit,  met with President Benigno Aquino III at the Palace where they discussed “in broad strokes” China amid the rising tensions over territorial disputes in the West Philippine Sea. Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said Locklear’s courtesy call on Mr.

M/V Kaprijke. Photo: Teekay Corporation

Hanjin Rolls Out First Philippine-made LPG carrier

Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines (HHIC-Phil), which operates the world's fourth shipbuilding facility in Subic Freeport Zone, unveiled the first-ever Philippine-made Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) carrier. The ship was ordered by Belgian shipping company Exmar Shipping BVBA and was christened as “Kaprijke” by company owner Saverys family. The vessel, which will enter the TGP-Exmar Joint Venture fleet, is part of a large ship building initiative in the Philippines. The LPG carrier measures 180 meters in length, 29.4m in breadth and 18m in depth.

Photo: Council on Foreign Relations

South China Sea Boils Up

The overlapping territorial disputes in the South China Sea involve China, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, the Philippines and Vietnam have recently been moving from bad to worse. Vietnam is seeking to upgrade its air defences by acquiring western fighter jets and drones, a move which would further militarize a dispute with Beijing over territorial claims in the South China Sea. Taiwan's coast guard has commissioned its biggest ships for duty in the form of two 3,000-ton patrol vessels…

MOL takes steps for new Maritime academy (Photo MOL)

MOL Breaks Ground for New Philippines Academy

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced that on March 8, it held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new merchant marine academy in Salitran, Dasmariñas City, the Philippines. It will be jointly established with Magsaysay Maritime Corporation (MMC) (*1), MOL’s partner in the Philippines, and is scheduled to open in June 2018. A large audience was on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony, including special guests from the city of Dasmariñas and from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED); from MOL, Chairman Koichi Muto and Senior Managing Executive Officer Masaaki Nemoto.

Luhut Pandjaitan. Photo: Indonesian Ministry for Political, Legal and Security Affairs

Ship Owner to Pay Ransom for Indonesian Hostages

Indonesian government said that the company that owns the hijacked tugboat Brahma 12 has agreed to pay the 50-million-peso ($1 million) ransom demanded by the Philippine rebel group Abu Sayyaf for the release of 10 Indonesian crewmembers who have been held hostage since March 26. Indonesia's Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan confirmed this, saying the company and the militants, believed to be linked to Abu Sayyaf, may next communicate today. Negotiations for the handover of the money and the captives are still ongoing, said Luhut.

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

MOL Holds Graduation Ceremony for Filipino Seafarers

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines announced the graduation of 88 students 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.

Delegates taking their seats ahead of the seminar  (Courtesy: INTERTANKO)

INTERTANKO Seafarers’ Vetting Seminar a Success

Over 1,300 seafaring officers and crew attended INTERTANKO’s Seafarers’ Vetting Seminar held last week at the NYK-TDG Maritime Academy in Laguna in the Philippines. The packed auditorium demonstrated the need and the desire for up-to-date and practical information on tanker vetting –successful vetting inspections are a crucial part of the commercial operation of any tanker. The seminar was conducted in response to INTERTANKO’s focus on the human element and the emphasis by INTERTANKO’s Vetting Committee that all seafarers should be actively involved in the ship inspection process.

Fluor Wins Offshore Philippines EPC Contract

Fluor Offshore Solutions gains engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) support contract for Malampaya deep-water gas-to-power project. The project is being undertaken on behalf of the Philippine Government by the Service Contract 38 consortium composed of Shell Philippines Exploration B.V. (Operator), Chevron Malampaya LLC and Philippine National Oil Company—Exploration Corporation. This landmark project is among the most significant in the Philippines. Approximately 40 percent of the power for the main island of Luzon is generated by power plants using Malampaya gas.

MOL President Koichi Muto delivers his address at the graduation ceremony

Graduation Ceremony of MOL Filipino Seafarers

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced the graduation of 105 students in the fourth 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)(*1), its training center in the Philippines. On hand for the graduation ceremony were Administrator of the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA)Dr. Maximo Q.

Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying attends the press conference on May 4, 2015. Photo: fmprc.gov.cn

Stop Provocation on South China Sea, China Tells Philippines

China has urged the Philippines to stop "malicious hyping and provocation" on territorial disputes in the South China Sea, says a report in Xinhua. Earlier, Philippine foreign ministry alleged that China's construction on islands in the South China Sea after the signing of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) in 2002 had violated the DOC. The core reason of the two countries' disputes in the South China Sea was the Philippines' illegal occupation of some of China's islands since 1970s, he said.

Fate of Seine-Nord Canal Project Depends on Funding

A project to build a canal to link Paris with major harbours of northern Europe will depend on lining up the necessary funds, the French government said on Wednesday, without saying if it believed the finance could be found. France has long planned to build the waterway dubbed the Seine-Nord canal to allow large barges to sail from Paris to the harbours of Antwerp and Rotterdam, reducing truck traffic on its motorways. The project has been studied for more than a decade and funding…

The Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari addressing at inauguration of the renovated BSE International Convention Hall and Listing Ceremony of Cochin Shipyard Ltd., in Mumbai on August 11, 2017. Photo: PIB

Investors Enthusiasm in Cochin Shipyard

Indian government is committed for infrastructure development and the track record of last three years has increased the faith of the investors which has resulted in 76 times oversubscription of IPO of Cochin Shipyard (CSL), a government flagship company, said Union Minister of Shipping, Nitin Gadkari. He was the Chief Guest at the inauguration of the renovated BSE international convention Hall and Listing of equity shares of Cochin Shipyard in Mumbai. Speaking on the occasion he signifies the success of government’s economic policies…