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Filipino seafarers on heightened alert

ALL EYES ON EBOLA A nurse adjusts his protective goggles in the isolation room for Ebola patients at the Lung Center of the Philippines in Quezon City. The health department said it would conduct specialized training programs for health workers to help them detect and treat the highly infectious disease.  RAFFY LERMA

MANILA, Philippines—The Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) has placed on heightened alert all shipping firms and manning agencies as well as the nearly 400,000 Filipino seafarers deployed worldwide against the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, which has claimed nearly 4,500 lives, mostly in West Africa.   Citing an advisory issued by the Bureau of Quarantine, […]

Posted: October 18th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

South China Sea row endangers PH maritime industry–expert

Pag-asa Island, part of the disputed Spratly group of islands, in the South China Sea located off the coast of western Philippines. AP FILE PHOTO

The Philippine maritime sector can be “very seriously affected” if China continues to assert its “indisputable sovereignty” in the South China Sea through its nine-dash line claim, a maritime law expert said Friday.

Posted: September 26th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

EU to Philippine maritime sector: Shape up or ship out

Photo by European Union.

The European Union gives the Philippines until July to prove that its maritime training and monitoring are at par with international standards.

Posted: May 2nd, 2014 in Europe,Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

European nations reject bid to ban Filipino seafarers

French ship FS Var is docked in the Saudi port of Dammam in this 2009 file photo. AFP

Member states of the European Union have rejected the proposed ban on Filipino seafarers, the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (Intertanko) said.

Posted: April 30th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

80,000 seamen may lose jobs, warns Drilon

Senate President Franklin Drilon: Unity.  FILE PHOTO

More than 80,000 Filipino seafarers stand to lose their jobs if a bill meant to improve the current system of overseeing maritime workers isn’t passed into law soon, Senate President Franklin Drilon warned over the weekend.

Posted: February 3rd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »