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IMO package  Concordia sinks  Need Asian seamen  Impeachment delays  Lloyd’s sanction  Carriers not reliable FEBRUARY 2012



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CONTENT Cover Story 3

IMO package for the Philippines

Cruise 7

Costa Concordia sinks

Crewing 12 Impeachment delays ratification 13 Need Asian Seamen

ABOUT THE COVER IMO Sec-Gen Koji Sekimizu selects the Philippines for his first official trip. First stop was Malacañang palace for President Aquino and senior cabinet secretaries.

Shipbuilding 16 Maine Dream comes true


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20 Upgrades for provincial ports

Government 25 Lloyd’s removes sanction against Mindanao

Shipping 22 Carriers high reliablity not reliable 26 Marina urges fiberglass boats 16




publisher’s note

DIFFICULTIES TO OPPORTUNITIES “Let’s work together and turn years of difficulty to years of opportunity,”says Mr. Koji Sekimizu, Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) at his visit to the Philippines this February 7th and 8th. Well-said by a man coming from a country slowly recovering from the devastation of a high-magnitude earthquake, towering tsunami and threatened by a nuclear meltdown. Well-said by an emerging leader who presides over a maritime industry lacerated by a world on economic recession, thinning cargoes over a glut of carriers, and blue waters infested by pirates bred in emaciated homelands. As he feels the demand of fellow Asians to be biased for Asia, he stands tall and re-commits himself, bluntly but clearly, to the mandate of IMO to shepherd the world community -- not just a people nor just a nation nor a region. But Sec-Gen Sekimizu has his ears on the ground: sensing the Old World drying up, the New World over-extended. The Third World chained to Millenium Development goals and crawling on its pace. Yet Asia is booming as an emerging market, as producers of goods and as providers of services. Thus springing like a panther, IMO’s Sekimizu declares he shall look hard at Asia. Not because he is Asian but because action is in Asia. The world follows suit, lining up for a beachhead in Asia, at the Asia-Pacific gateway. This is where the Philippines must leverage. We must encourage and enrich competitiveness and not toy around for grants nor grunts. We must strengthen our

niche and seek other opportunities on the run. Already, we are the manning capital as a one-third block of the global merchant mariners. Yes, we can aspire for more and 50% is highly achievable. After all, we zoomed to 4th shipbuilder of the world from nowhere. But let us be cautious lest we overheat. We must resolve the EMSA threat of withdrawal of recognition of our STCW certification. Let us help actualize Government assurances to world bodies. After all, we shall be direct beneficiaries should we do great on what we promise to do well. Marino World believes we can lead. Not because we accept less but because we can do more. Yes, there is VIMSA and IMO audits. And Conventions and Amendments coming to fore for implementation. All these we can easily overcome should we just focus our mindsets. We must mature, avoid piggy-backing on maritime reforms to charge more in our schools without investing on better faculties, up-to-date equipment and training tools. Let us matrix seafarers pay and perks not to put one over the competition but to standardize and protect our main asset: our merchant mariners. Let us be true partners of Government, honestly cooperating and not just cajoling to covet privileges. Let our stakeholders lobby for what is best for the industry; let maritime leaders be heard on common issues with common sense and not just pandering for favors. Then one day, we shall have turned current difficulties to daily opportunities.


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IMO package for the Philippines The IMO Secretary-General; an Asian for the world. Chai Cubilla photo

By Ligaya Caban and Gen Dy


he United Nation’s International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu sees the Philippines a key ally on technical cooperation in pursuit of IMO plans. Such appears to be an over-arching view of Sec-Gen Sekimizu as he makes the Philippines his first official visit to any IMO state made last February 7 to 8th, this year. The Philippines has been a member since 1964. IMO is an agency of the United Nations with 170 full members and three associate ones. At a press briefing arranged by the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina), Sekimizu opens up, “IMO regional office located here is strongly supported by the Philippine shipping community. This is a good mechanism to which we can provide good ideas and where we can take up the need for technical cooperation.” He adds, “… seafarers are the most important asset of the world who provide continuous support for international shipping. Without seafarers we cannot think about the future of international shipping. And without shipping we cannot sustain the world economy.” His statement may be anchored on the Philippines being the fourth in shipbuilding, a third of the global merchant crew and 50% of the merchant fleet built and/or managed in the Asean region.

Arrival honors were accorded Sec-Gen Sekimizu by senior Ph government and UN officials at the airport including some 300 maritime students lining up his route from the Rizal Park to the historical Manila Hotel where he is billeted.

mother company, Philippine Transmarine Carriers (PTC) where CEO Gerardo Borromeo toasted Mr. Sekimizu who noted similarities of Japan and the Philippines and that “we should protect… our oceans and make good use of them.”


Later in the evening at a dinner-forum hosted by the Philippine Interisland Shipping Association (PISA), Ms. Doris Magsaysay-Ho of Lorenzo Shipping asked what measures need to be done to develop the domestic shipping industry.

On Day One, February 7th, Sekimizu motored to Malacañang Palace for a courtesy call to President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III and cabinet secretaries from the Departments of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), Labor and Employment (DOLE), Foreign Affairs (DFA) and Marina, a DOTC maritime agency. Sekimizu was also welcomed by the major maritime stakeholders like PTC Chairman and Ambassador Carlos C. Salinas, IMO Director Pamela Tansey, IMO Coordinator Atty Brenda V. Pimentel, Filipino Shipowners Association (FSA), alumni of the World Maritime University, the International Maritime Law Institute and the Maritime Journalists Association. He visited his regional office at the First Maritime Place for a brief closed-door meeting with IMO functionaries. In the same building, he later toured facilities of the Philippine Center for Advanced Maritime Simulation and Training (Philcamsat). Sekimizu even tried the full bridge simulators, a state-of-the-art training equipment. Cocktails were served at Philcamsat’s

He replies, “it is imperative for the Philippines to focus on its strengths to be able to generate concrete policy actions that shall eventually lead to the development of the industry.” Sekimizu notes, “the Philippines has all the right elements to be able to realize its maritime potentials. You have already poured a lot of efforts toward establishing your strengths, particularly in terms of competent seafarers, something which cannot be emulated by any other maritime country in one or two years time. You just have to focus on your strengths and initiate policy actions to be able to translate them into positive things.” Day Two. Accompanied by Marina OIC Deputy Administrator Arhleen Romero, Sekimizu motors early to Calamba City, Laguna, for a briefing and tour of NYK-TDG Maritime Academy guided by Representative Capt. Hitoshi Kamei, President C/E




cover story Wilson Travina and NYK-Fil Management President Josephine Francisco. The Academy is the biggest single investment in the Philippines by NYK Line and TDG as their commitment to the global competitiveness of Filipino merchant marine officers. NYK (Nipon Yusen Kaisha) is one of the oldest and largest shipping company in the world. TDG (Transnational Diversified Group) is a Filipino-owned conglomerate. NYK-TDG is a consortium focused on maritime opportunities. Party motors back to Manila for a meeting with the DOLE secretary at its offices in Intramuros. Next was a press briefing organized by the Marina administrator at its offices in Kalaw, Manila. A luncheon cum forum was held at the prestigious Manila Peninsula hotel hosted by the FSA and JMG, the Filipino Shipowners Association and the Joint Manning Group. A short-list of officials took the tab at the send-off dinner at the global hotel chain, Shangrila at Makati City. Views and nuggets. On piracy: The Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean are too huge to secure by limited navies. Shipping operations may just use best practices, even using armed private marshals. In a recent meeting in New York with UN Sec-Gen Boon, he assures the issue will be debated at the highest level. But UN and IMO should consider

The IMO Sec-Gen courtesy call on the Philippine President. Walden SP Villapando photo. increasing its workforce to help Somalia build up its own capacity and establish law enforcement capability. Sekimizu has to admit, “it is a long way to go, we have just started.” And similar trouble lurks at the Mosambique Channel. EMSA withdrawal: “It is a good opportunity for the Filipino Government to build up once again or improve the situation.” On the question that EMSA

does not have a unilateral right to withdraw recognition, he hedges and says EMSA and State governments are responsible and will act to the best resolution. Sekimizu, however, evokes a safety net, “… STCW convention has a mechanism to review the process and performance of member government.” IMO audit: Sekimizu is moving towards mandatory IMO audit scheme to be implemented by Year 2015 and, “… all those important issues to be handled in a very difficult financial time.” Without giving any policy directions, he just waxes poetical: “Let’s work together and turn years of difficulty to years of opportunity.” Cooperation and funding: “I have proposed country profile on the technical cooperation of every developing country… once we have recognized clear cooperation needs, then we can allocate … funding on priority area… IMO should act as a facilitator.” Simply, IMO wants to see a clear country picture and call the shots on determining priorities of needs over wants.

With NYK officers. Walden SP Villapando photo.




Criminalization of seafarers: IMO objects to any movement criminalizing seafarers. But he accepts, “We need to establish a better system for ensuring maritime security and IMO is working on this.” Should any member encounter any serious incident, “.. IMO secretariat will take a look and take further action to settle the matter.”

Applaud. Asian focus: What could be interpreted as double-talk received the loudest applause. “I will not give any preference for any country, any region. I’m Asian, I happened to be Japanese but I am secretary general for United Nation specialized agency. I’m not working for the Asian community. I’m working for the idea of international community,” and “I will not compromise at all.” Audience hushed but later bursts into prolonged applause. In an earlier press briefing, Sekimizu said, “The world community is now watching very carefully the development of Asia. So me as Secretary General certainly would like to take a close watch of the development in Asia not because I’m Asian but because Secretary General of UN’s IMO. I am reflecting the views of the world, and the world looking at the development in this region, Asia. Spin the image: “Part of my role is to act as ambassador of shipping to the world.” He will “Engage in various private sector, try to highlight the importance of shipping and at the same time request their support… Without shipping you cannot even think of economy.” With hammered conviction, Sekimizu declares, “We need support from outside shipping community.” Homework. On top of the civilities and usual pronouncement, Sekimizu affirmed IMO‘s commitment to assist the Philippines in all aspects of maritime development, including education, training and certification of seafarers under the STCW Convention. He also promised IMO’s support for the Philippines to formulate a national maritime transport strategy, a springboard

Goodwill from the Ambassador. for the development of maritime clusters comprising of seafaring, ship building and repair, and ship management. Sekimizu and DOTC Secretary Roxas agreed to open informal channels of communication to fastrack decisions and implementation thereof, particularly of the STCW Convention and the 2010 Manila Amendments. To prove political will in counter-piracy measure off the coast of Somalia, the IMO Sec-Gen invited the Philippines to the Capacity–building Conference on CounterPiracy scheduled 15 May. This is followed May 16th by a High Level Segment on the opening day of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC)

to discuss arms on board ships. This issue is of direct interest to the Philippines since thousands of Filipino seafarers ply those dangerous waters every day. In fact, Filipinos have been killed in such incidents. Just a few weeks ago, some 21 Filipino sailors are again reported captive by Somali pirates. Koji Sekimizu holds a degree on transportation from the Osaka University in 1975. He aims to be a shipbuilder but essentially shifted to management. Sekimizu of Japan out-voted Neil Ferrer of the Philippines in the IMO elections for Secretary-General held in London, England middle of last year.

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Another on a Friday, the 13th.



ff the eastern coast of Isola del Giglio, city of Grosseto in Tuscany, west of Italy, lies like a beached whale an Italian luxury cruise ship, the Costa Concordia. The 114,500-tonne, 290 meterlong giant plied in just hours from the port of Civitavecchia, near Rome, for a week-long Mediterranean cruise to Savona (Italy), Marseille (France) and Barcelona (Spain). It seems the ship captain fancied

a “touristic navigation,” which deviates from the normal route to entertain the many tourists on Giglio island. Costa ship captains have occasionally done this nautical “fly-by,” steering near port and sounding siren in special salute always appreciated by the islanders and tourists thereat. But this time, Captain Francesco Schettino seemed to have ventured too close to shore just a mere 150 yards (meters), estimates Francesco Verusio, the state prosecutor from Grosseto. The Concordia ran aground the dangerous Le Scole reef, familiar

to local folks and sailors of the Meregiglio ferry that goes by daily to the mainland. It ripped through the rocks, chilly water rushed via a 160-foot-long (50 meters) gash toppling the ship to its side. It was 10 p.m. (2100 GMT) January 13. Friday, the 13th. And panic broke loose!

Gross, class acts. This is reminiscent of the tragic Titanic, a hundred years back on April 15, 1912. For indeed, there are parallels. Titanic’s Capt Edward J. Smith and Concordia’s Capt Francesco Schettino both appear to have committed “significant human error” advances Costa Crociere SpA, operator of the latter vessel (in turn, a subsidiary of cruise giant Carnival Corp & PLC based in Doral, a suburb of Miami, Florida, USA). Capt Smith ignored ice floe warnings and kept full throttle at 22 from its 24 knots topspeed. It was impossible to maneuver the Titanic away from the iceberg, inertia at motion of 46,328 tons plus fuel, cargo and passengers. Capt Schettino was too darn close to shore, perhaps egged by the head waiter, Antonello Tievoli. Reuters reports that Antonello telephoned his 82-year-old father, Giuseppe, to say the crew will salute him by blowing the ship’s whistle as they passed close by his home at Giglio island.

My child, my dearest one. Chai Cubilla photo.

promises it will “…continue to speak out in defense of any mariner.” The Nautical Institute has been registered as a charity in London, England for almost 40 years since 1971. As recently as 2010, it received the Plimsoll Award for outstanding contribution to safety in the maritime industry.) Passengers in both vessels were wild scampering for survival. At the Titanic, the protocol of women and children first seems violated and a “surprisingly” large percentage of deaths were women and children from the second and third class. Also, lifeboats were only enough for half the load and most were lowered half-full in the confusion. Similar panic engulfed the Concordia. But it was near rescue elements instead of the vast Atlantic as the Titanic was. In fact, IMO praised the Italian Coast Guard (ICG) for deploying patrol boats, tugs, helicopters, and diver teams resulting in the highest rescued in the history of ICG. Unheralded are the little acts of heroism by the Filipino service crew who carried the injured, searched cabins for victims risking own safety just to help and not anymore of duty.

(At presstime, it was reported that the captain has admitted as being too close to shore which triggered the fatal accident.

The “unsinkable Molly Brown”, a wealthy socialite rowed nonstop for more than seven hours to safety from the Titanic. And Mademoiselle Jeanne Maria de Champs who, faced with the chaos at the lifeboats, swam to Giglio island unaided amid the chill, darkness and debris.

But the Nautical Institute “notes with extreme disquiet” global media’s pandering of negative views. It admonishes “… it would be wise to await the outcome of the official investigation and trial...” and

And the ill-starred lovers Jack and Rose cavorting at the deck and salons then mortally parted by the tragedy. The Concordia has the South Korean honeymooners on their first cruise rescued from FEBRUARY 2012



They make us proud, these seafaring Filipinos. their cabin by firefighters who heard their screams of panic, not joy.

the tragedy is more focused on the economics rather than the civilities.

Now come the usual shouldbe’s and what-if’s, multi-agency probe/s that time and vested interests could parlay to rhetoric and legalese. In time, relegated to archival facts and editorial fancies with, and just maybe, sprinkling of maritime reforms and romantic legends.

The ship was built in 2004-2005 at a cost of 450 million euros at Italy’s Fincantieri Sestri shipyard. It has more than 2,000 cabins, a floating resort with a huge spa, seven restaurants, bars, cinemas, discotheques and casino. It is insured at 405 million euros by XL, RSA and Generali.

IMO on alert.

It is part of the Carnival cruise fleet, “ the world’s most popular cruise line, ” with 23 ships operating three to 17day voyages to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England, Europe, Bermuda, Tahiti and Fiji.

The United Nation’s International Maritime Organization (IMO) has underscored it is important not to pre-judge the outcome of an inquiry. IMO will examine changes to regulations if these were shown to be necessary. Newly-installed IMO SecretaryGeneral Koji Sekimizu initially adds, “… we have once again been reminded of the risks involved in maritime activities.” Then speaking at the January 16th opening of the IMO Subcommittee on Stability, Load Lines and Fishing Vessel, Mr. Sekimizu emphasizes, “ We should seriously consider the lessons to be learnt and, if necessary, re-examine regulations on the safety of large passenger ships.”

Economics. Perhaps due to the minimal loss of lives and physical injuries (15 confirmed dead and about 50 injured of the 3,200 passengers and 1,023 crew) attention on




Advertised as “The Fun Ship,” Carnival is a pioneer in short, less expensive cruise with Las Vegas-style décor and entertainment. It takes about 21.1% of the whole market given impressive reviews by industry critics almost on a hall-of-fame frequency, viz: Southern Living Magazine, America Online (AOL), American Express Travel Service, Natl Asso of CruiseOriented Agencies (NACOA), Porthole Cruise Magazine, World Cruise and Ocean Liner Society, CruiseOne, and Cruise Reports. On its Pinnacle Project, Carnival leads in operating ships over 100,000 GT like the Carnival Destiny in 1996, Carnival Dream in 2009, Carnival Magic last year and Carnival Breeze this year.

The Costa Concordia is within this class at 114,500GT.

terms of trading because we’re in the peak season for reservations.”

Direct hits.

Numis analyst Wyn Ellis is more circumspect: “I think its going to be horrid, short term… because it’s a key booking period and many people will be put off cruising in the short time.”

Just as a result of the boat being out-of-use for the rest of the year, Carnival loses $90 million. It could also take a hit on sales in a key booking period like the Q1 of the year. Cruising is a sunshine industry with global demand doubling at 18.8 million passengers in 2010 from just 9.7 million in 2000. The United States market only gives 20% thus 80% is barely touched. In Europe alone, cruising generates 35 billion euros. Carnival and Royal Caribbean combined get three-quarters of the business worldwide. MarketWatch datelined San Francisco says Carnival shares fell as much as 14% as investors fled following the deadly wreck. Another wallop came when J.P. Morgan cut its share price from $38 to $30 since Carnival must deal with the negative publicity. An earlier poll of 11 analysts expects Carnival earnings before interests and taxes to be between $2.36 and $2.64 averaging at $2.47 billion. But a different total could come since Carnival shares were last trading 13.5% lower at $29.64, just over a dollar per share above its 52-week low. Natixis analyst Geoffrey d’Halluin says, “the long term consequences for the cruise industry could be significant…in

Magsaysay 24/7. Magsaysay Maritime Corporation is a global manning agency based in Manila that deploys 26,000 seafarers at any given time. For Costa and its 15 cruise ships, Magsaysay boards some 5,000 and the rest panned out to 88 other cruise lines like Star, Princess, P&O, and other major names). Filipino crew are in the hospitality, service and hotel departments like waiters, bartenders, cleaners, housekeepers. A few are engine and technical ratings and rarer, in management. Salary ranges from the basic $600 a month to $3,000 for those in managerial posts. At daybreak of Saturday the 14th, Magsaysay already linked Costa officials with its 24/7 communication system. This allows updates on the situation which Magsaysay relays via text blast technology to the 320 directly concerned families in the Philippines. Magsaysay sought Consul General Grace Fabella for minute-to-minute updates with the Philippine Embassy in Rome, awaiting words from the

seven-man team dispatched to the wreak site by DFA-Manila. Consul Fabella was given the crewlist for faster identification and accounting; same list and updates given by Magsaysay to DOLE, POEA, and OWWA which are government agencies directly mandated to act. Sunday the 15th, another text update were sent to the families before Magsaysay conducted a press briefing with major television stations. Due to its continuous reach-out to crew, Magsaysay was able to relay to Costa the need for additional clothing and cash advances of 500 euro each. Costa readily approved and Magsaysay relayed this again to the families as another assurance of support. Again, government instrumentalities were furnished the update. On the third day, a second press briefing was conducted on repatriation plans. Magsaysay informs the families that all 291 crew are safe and billeted at Hilton Airport Hotel-Rome awaiting flights for home. Three Filipinos were injured: Ms. Mariliz Locsin, 36, Housekeeping Manager; Ms. Roselle Lucas, 34, Cocktail Waitress; and Ariel Pelderas, 22, Crew Steward. Except for Pelderas, the ladies are released from the hospital and bound for home - Locsin on the 19th and Lucas on the 21st. Simultaneously, local details were being firmed-up to include a Thanksgiving Mass joined in by their loved ones and the Magsaysay corporate family. (On the Sunday before, Giglio Parish Priest Don Lorenzo celebrated Holy Mass with a unique offering brought by altar boys and girls: a life vest, a rope, a rescue helmet, a plastic tarp and some bread symbolizing rescue efforts. The priest wants the Mass to be “different” since “Our community, our island will never be the same.”) January 17th, Costa sent Magsaysay flight details for 224 crew which Magsaysay immediately patched to respective families. The other 64 crew will follow when bookings are confirmed. Magsaysay’s COO Alex Querol has appealed to the Italian Consul General in Manila to fast-tract Querol’s visa as he is to confirm and negotiate for more with Costa on smooth repatriation and bonus compensation.

All systems go by Wednesday, just the fifth day. Again, families and government agencies were updated by Magsaysay on the flight waves from January 19th to 21st. COO Querol flew to Italy in the afternoon to firm-up agreements; Magsaysay teams stand-by in Bangkok and Hong Kong for any further assistance to the repatriated crew. January 19th, the crew arrived in Manila on two carriers, Cathay Pacific through Hong Kong and Thai Airways via Bangkok. Magsaysay senior officials were at the airport: President Marlon Roño, VP for Cruise Reny Garcia and the company Emergency Response Team.

for Magsaysay. In this challenge headlined around the world, Magsaysay grabbed the bull by the horn by acting on the needs of moments. It did the priorities: locked on verified information and used modern technology to relay these fast and frequently to wards, families, government and mainstream media. When all its seafarers were accounted for and safe, Magsaysay set-up details of

Not just policy. President Roño was visibly shaken as he spoke with a mixture of relief and pride on the returning crew. Himself 25 years with Magsaysay, Roño could not hold back his salute on the character and competence of their seafarers.

The meticulous system works as Filipinos comprise 30 percent of the 5,500 Costa manpower pool, topping some 83 nationalities hired deploying about 400 crew and officers a month. Costa Cruises has also partnered with the Magsaysay Institute for Hospitality and Culinary Arts (MIHCA) in training Costa crew on the Italian culture, language and hospitality service. It has three campuses, namely Manila, Makati and Djakarta. All maritime hotel service personnel may enhance capabilities through the Magsaysay Institute of Shipping (MIS) and Magsaysay Training Center (MTC) where courses are within STCW’95 and IMO standards and supplemented by a Safety Training Site in Barangay Bunga, Tanza, Cavite,

Mopping up. The test of character is best in a crisis. The Concordia is a classic

Franco Gabrielli, head of Italy’s civil protection agency, says there has been contamination of the sea from toxic substances on board but not from hydrocarbon (meaning fuel) pollution. Smit agent Max Iguera says they will hot-tap (pumping out fuel to another ship and replacing it with water to keep the ship’s balance). The Italian Coast Guard estimates hot-tapping to last some 28 days. Rescuers confirm local residents have reported an oil slick about 300 by 200 meters from the Concordia that sunk at first but resurfaced due to the currents.

Diplomatic officials joined with senior representatives of DOLE, POEA and OWWA, among others.

It was not by chance that Magsaysay could boast of such crew. For every applicant must pass a series of interviews and tests including skill assessment. The rigid selection process ensures that Costa crew are the best for Costa is Europe’s Numero Uno cruise company.

Dutch Smit Salvage team is hired to remove 2,380 tonnes of fuel to avoid polluting the pristine waters of Giglio which is Europe’s biggest marine sanctuary. Hundred of meters of absorbent barriers have been installed around the ship to contain any possible spill.

DOLE’s officially announced concern is re-integration for the crew. This is already subtly answered by Magsaysay’s standby offer of work to those ready again to be on blue waters.

Magsaysay President Marlon Roño.

repatriation and welcome. Tapped Embassy officials in Rome, posted service teams in Bangkok and Hong Kong as corporate officers waited in Manila with senior government officials beside. After meeting the emergencies, Magsaysay categorically assured the crew on continued medical attention, basic, earned and hazard compensation, even replacement of lost personal belongings at $3,750 covered under its Italian union. More importantly, reemployment awaits those ready to go back to work. In fact, Magsaysay has just been assigned another new and bigger ship to man. The show must go on, Magsaysay firmly on the handle.

Side currents. IMO watches the aftermath to revise, if need be, SOLAS or protocol on safety of lives at sea and that of MARPOL, which focuses on maritime pollution.

Of course, there were the usual crabby comments by nitpickers best ignored as self-serving criticism. The point is Magsaysay and Costa Cruises proved to be humane and responsible employers; the Filipinos onboard noble and trustworthy employees even under clear and imminent danger.

About time. Perhaps, the Costa-MagsaysayPinoy synergy reverses Concordia’s mythical unhappy birth. When launched in Septermber 2, 2005, the traditional bottle of champagne hurled failed to break, a sign seafarers consider to be a harbinger of bad luck. With the demonstrated minimal loss of lives and less physical injuries suffered at Giglio, it can be interpreted that the Water Dragon has deigned Filipinos must board to feng shui protection of ships. Filipinos serve well and do not break even hurled at the maelstrom of duty and danger. Cool and corporate that he is, President Roño could not but banner his elation with the Magsaysay crew: WE ARE PROUD OF YOU!




Capt. Belal Ahmed stresses a point.

Western Shipping Gears Up For STCW Implementation


particularly P & I. Mr. Dennis Hansen, new fleet manager, talked about crewing policies and concerns.

n preparation for demands of the forecoming implementation of STCW Amendments, President Manuel David of WSSAI pro-actively reiterates, “the company is committed to continuously supply crew well-equipped with appropriate competencies.” This appears to be the corporate strength and management focus of Western Shipping Southeast Asia (WSSAI) going into its seventh year in the country.

WSP Maritime Training Center is now accredited by the Maritime Training Council to conduct training courses for Electronic Charts and Information System (ECDIS) and Radar Navigation/ Radar Plotting and use of ARPA.

On current and partial count, WSSAI supplies about 450 crew to 22 vessels of Western Shipping Pte. Ltd. of Singapore. Thirteen are oil, product and chemical tankers with mixed Russians, Latvians and Filipino officers with an all-Filipino crew on the other nine bulk carriers.

WSSAI President Manuel David.

Additional Training Courses such as AIS, ISM for officers and Ratings, HAZMAT, Risk Management and Investigation, Voyage Planning, Chart Corrections, Collision Avoidance, Safety Awareness for Program for Ratings are also offered by WSP.

Crew Conference.

quality, maritime resource management.

To keep that competency lead, WSSAI just recently conducted a two-day Annual Crew Conference; first at its own training center on November 24, 2011 and then at the prestigious Discovery Suites in Ortigas Center, Pasig City last November 25, 2011. Emphasized were technical issues onboard tanker and bulk carrier fleet, bulk operations and inspections. It also drilled cargo handling and vetting, safety and


Training Center.



Given WSSAI leadership values, onboard issues from Master’s point of view were also prominently discussed. Among the speakers are Mr. Shahan Shah and Capt. Niladri Chakraborty from Western Shipping of Singapore and Engr Emmanuel Pascua, C/E Gus Escolano, Mr. Mark Parrotte and Win Xavier. Capt. Belal Ahmed, general manager, elucidated on insurance issues,

Accessible. To maintain quality trainings, there is WSP Maritime Training Center Inc., very accessible and conveniently located at Unit 1802-1806 Prestige Tower, Emerald Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City where a number of manning agencies are within a stone’s throw. From an in-house training center last year, WSP Maritime Training Center evolved to meet the growing needs of its own seafarers and outside seafarers for quality trainings at a lower course fees.

Hard at work, no guessing games.

Additional discount on the training fees are offered to seafarers of IMEC member companies. This becomes more meaningful since the STCW-Manila Amendments (STCWMA) takes into force this January 1, 2012. Fact is, the training center is now on major expansion to service direct crew and seafarers of the International Maritime Employers Committee (IMEC) member-companies. Under the STCW-MA, crew serving on-board all type of tankers and liquefied gas tankers must undergo specialized training to update on competence. The Company through the International Maritime Training Trust (IMTT) initially obtained a Grant for the latest Transas Navigational Simulators for ECDIS and Radar Navigation/Radar Plotting and use of ARPA courses including Engine Room Simulator (ERS) and Liquid Cargo Handling Simulator (LCHS). Western Shipping Pte Ltd., is a long time member

of IMEC and contributors to the IMTT fund. An application for additional stations for ECDIS and CBT Courses has been submitted to IMTT for approval. Future requirements of Simulators for SSBT and the enhancement of the existing Engine Room Simulators and Liquid Cargo Handling Simulators are on the planning for implementation for 2013. Electronic Charts and Information System (acronym, ECDIS), is a departure from the use of paper charts for navigational safety. It is also one of the new demands in the STCW-MA, based on usage of modern technology.

Quite appropriately as WSSAI president Mr. Manuel David hosts the program on the theme, “Sailing Together in 2012.� More than 250 from the families of WSSAI enjoyed the games, food, gifts and presentations. With Mr. David were Capt. Belal Ahmed, CEO/general manager and Dennis Svene Hansen, fleet manager of Western Shipping Pte. Ltd. (WSPL); Capt. Dimitris Davaris, crewing manager of Byzantine Maritime Corporation (BMC) and guests from IMEC.


They were wowed by performances from WSSAI Staff, cadet scholars at the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP) and University of Cebu, and band.

On November 26, cheers and children where all over the 7th Anniversary of WSSAI as it coincides with the 5th Family Get-Together at the Le Pavillion, Metropolitan Park, Pasay City.

Kids were partied by a Jollibee mascot with wholesome games and activities. There were raffles and gifts, bonding and dancing capped by service awards spiced by a video of the company history.

As one family, inspired to greater competency. FEBRUARY 2012



Part 1- Maritime Labor Convention of 2006



takeholders are apprehensive that delay in the ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 (MLC 2006) is imminent.

been attained. It is expected that the additional eight ratifications will be obtained before the end of 2012, indicating that the MLC 2006 will enter into force in 2012.

The Senate is the only treaty-ratifying body but deeply entangled in the impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Renato Corona of the Supreme Court.

The Convention was already ratified by 22 countries/ states, to wit: Liberia (June 7, 2006), Marshall Islands (September 25, 2007), Bahamas (February 11, 2008), Panama (February 6, 2009), Norway (February 10, 2009), Bosnia and Herzegovina (January 18, 2010), Spain (February 4, 2010), Croatia (February 12, 2010), Bulgaria (April 12, 2010).

The whole Senate sits as a collegial judge which occupies all its members in the almost daily afternoon proceedings that usually carry on to late hours and fully covered by major mass media.


Thus, Senators will hardly find time for the ratification process of MLC 2006 due to demanding hours imposed on them. The impeachment complaint was filed last December 12, 2012 by members of the House of Representative against Justice Corona in accordance with the provisions of Section 2, Article XI of the 1987 Constitution, on the grounds of: (a) Betrayal of Public Trust; (b) Culpable Violation of the Constitution; and (c) Graft and Corruption. The Senate implemented a new legislative schedule to balance its task as legislator and as an impeachment court. Prior to the impeachment trial, the Senate had been conducting legislative sessions three times a week from Monday to Wednesday but the chamber cut it to two to give way to the impeachment proceedings. Senate later decided to hold legislative sessions on Tuesdays and Wednesdays instead of Mondays and Tuesdays. Senators want to dedicate Monday to caucus, while Thursday and Friday will be a “free time” during which they can review pleadings and transcripts of the proceedings. This political development is a setback for the maritime industry as Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 (MLC 2006) cannot take effect without thirty countries, at least, ratifying the said Convention. Australia has ratified last December 14, 2011. It has deposited with ILO the ratification documents of the MLC 2006 bringing to 22 member States of the International Labour Organization (ILO) to have ratified. It is still short of eight members for this important Convention to take force and effect to set out minimum standards and fair working conditions for seafarers worldwide. The first requirement for entry into force of the Convention – coverage of 33% of the world gross tonnage – has already




Canada (June 15, 2010), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (November 9, 2010), Switzerland (February 2, 2011), Gabon (May 12, 2011) Benin (June 13, 2011), and Singapore (June 15, 2011). Denmark (June 23, 2011) Latvia (August 12, 2011) Antigua and Barbuda (August 11, 2011), the Government of Luxembourg (September 19, 2011), Kiribati (October 24, 2011) Netherlands (December 2011) and the latest, Australia (December 14, 2011). Ratification is the formal act by which a state confirms and accepts the provisions of the convention concluded by its representatives. The purpose of ratification is to enable the contracting states to examine the convention more closely and to give them an opportunity to refuse to be bound by it should they find it inimical to their interests. It is for this reason that most treaties/conventions are made subject to the scrutiny and consent of a department of the government other than that which negotiated them. Ratification is generally held to be an executive act, undertaken by the head of the state or of the government, as the case may be, through which the formal acceptance of the treaty is proclaimed. In the Philippine jurisdiction, the power to ratify is vested in the President and not, as commonly believed, in the legislature. The role of the Senate is limited only to giving or withholding its consent, or concurrence, to the ratification.


 Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho – BScience-Econom-

ics (1991, Dean’s Medalist). Bachelor of Laws (1998, UP-Diliman). Admitted to the bar,1999. Head, Seafarers’ Division-Sapalo Velez Bundang Bulilan law offices. Lecturer, paralegal seminars on Legal Rights of the Seafarer by the Apostleship of the Sea (AOS). Drafts legal documents like the revised POEA employment contract, the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the amended Migrant Workers Act.


Seafarers steady on employment, remittances By Gen Dy


eafarer employment remains high so does remittances from this overseas employment sector. Just like most developing nations, Philippine economic performance relies heavily on remittances from its nationals working abroad. Seafarer families create a niche market having a larger block of disposable income. According to Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, from January to November 2011, $3.913 billion were remitted increasing 13.8% than Year 2011 remittance of $3.438 billion. Viewed from over-all receipts of hard currencies, Filipino seafarers sent home $ 3.806 billion in 2010, up 11.94 % from 2009’s $3.4 billion; the latter, in turn, higher by 12.06% compared to the $3.304 billion in 2008.

25.32% of the global supply of 1.371 million in 2010. There were 330,424 seafarers employed in 2009; 261,614 in 2008; 266,553 in 2007 and 274,497 in 2006, reflecting a surge from 2009 from a mild decline in Years 2008 and 2007. Earlier in 2005, there were 352,524 seafarers, 26.16 % of the global 1.347 million total. In 2000, there were 293,218 Filipino seamen which is 22.96% of 1.277 million of the global supply.

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Report of Maritime Transport 2009. These five EU major shipowning countries control an aggregate total of 10,415 ships with 387,108,661 dead weight in tonnes (DWT). Greece has 3,064 vessels totaling 169,426,690 DWT, 720 flag carriers and 2,344 foreign flagged.

In 1995, Filipino seafarers 244,782 was 19.84% of the 1.233 million worldwide merchant mariners.   

Germany has 3,522 vessels with 104,953,712 DWT; Norway has 2,027 vessels with 50, 216,235 DWT; Denmark has 914 vessels with 31,595,523 DWT and United Kingdom has 918 with 30,916,501 DWT.

European owners.

Fly in the ointment.

Five European Union (EU) member-states are top shipowning countries employing a majority of Filipino seafarers, according to

Doubts about the quality of Philippine maritime training and education have reached the global maritime industry, particularly the EU member

countries. The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) is set to conduct maritime safety inspection this March to validate the institution and operations of the Philippine Government response to EMSA’s warning given after the latter’s last to inspection visits here. The third safety inspection team shall assess Maritime Training Center (MTC) and maritime schools on compliance with the international Standards for Training and Certification of Seafarers Convention (STCW).

Failure to address EU concerns may lead to withdrawal of certification rights by the Philippines thus disqualifying Filipino seafarers from employment in EU flagged vessels.

Again, 2008 performance was 35.66% better than 2007’s $2.236 billion; the latter up 14.7% from 2006’s $1.949 billion which is 16.76 % from $1.669 billion posted in 2005. Data consolidated from Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO), and International  Shipping Federation (ISF) Filipino seafarers in the global maritime trade number 347,150, about FEBRUARY 2012



Need ASIAN SEAMEN The owner and operator of the world’s largest fleet of open hatch gantry and fixedcrane vessels has commited to increase its recruitment of seafarers in Asia and reduce the pool of Europeans. Gearbulk confirms it will accelerate this recruitment and a crew transition plan is being implemented to fully man the Gearbulk fleet with Asian crews within early 2013. Gearbulk Chairman and CEO Kristian Jebsen says, “This decision has not been made easily and it is highly regrettable that there are consequences for many of our seafarers; however we aim to give them our best support when searching for new job opportunities.”

NYK sees Asia key to growth A

s it recovers from the business slowdown last year owing to natural disasters, shipping giant Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) has turned its eye on the emerging market such as Asia to grow its business. NYK President Yasumi Kudo vows for profitability this year, though, the recovery will not be rapid compared to the 2010 level.

This accelerated crewing transition will contribute in Gearbulk’s effort to ensure a sustainable future Gearbulk operates the world’s largest fleet of open hatch gantry and fixed- crane vessels, purpose-built to carry forest products, non-ferrous metals, steel and other unitized break bulk cargoes and has been in operation since 1968. Gearbulk is owned by the Kristian Jebsen family (51%) and Japanese shipping group Mitsui OSK Lines (49%). Its fleet consists of 90 ships with 17 more scheduled for delivery by 2014. The company has a network of terminals which specialize in the handling, storing and distributing of sensitive cargoes including forest products as well as ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Gearbulk is a founder member of the Sustainable Shipping Initiative, a group of some of the biggest names in the maritime sector which is developing a more environmentally sustainable future for the industry.




The Chinese GDP continued to grow at a high rate of 9.5% in 2011 and is expected to maintain 8-9% in 2012. Although Indian GDP growth appears to be slowing down in comparison with 2010’s 10%, it maintains 7% growth in 2011 and expected to carry to 2012. ASEAN 5 will stand at the same level of 5% as 2011. Growing demand in Asia is the key for strong growth in the region overcoming the slump in the west. Asia is no longer only an exporting region but an enormous consumer market surpassing the US or Europe. The number of cars sold in China is much greater than the US or Europe now, which may reach 19 million in 2011.

The acceleration is part of a major review to ensure that Gearbulk continues to be a leader in the unitised cargo transportation markets whilst building a platform for new opportunities and sustainable future growth. An extensive selection and training program is being put together with Gearbulk manning partners. This ensures the new crew gets the best possible introduction to Gearbulk.

and rapid economic growth in Asia and the developing countries, which account for more than half the population of the world, is the biggest opportunity, without any doubt,” he adds.

Yasumi Kudo: Capture opportunities.

In 2011, Japan and its economy were severely hit by serious natural disasters. A tsunami triggered by the Great East Japan earthquake and radioactivity from the Fukushima nuclear plant brought tremendous difficulties. On top, there was instability in the Islamic States of North Africa and the Middle East after the Arab Spring, a revolutionary movement for democracy. In Europe, there are problems in a single currency with independent fiscal policies set by each Eurozone member country. There is also the slump in the two major markets of Europe and America which is evident in container liftings from Asia. “Simultaneously, we should capture opportunities in the rapid growth of the general freight logistics market in Asia,” Kudo says. “We see a different outlook, steady

Growing consumption in Asia stimulates demand for natural resources and food that are in short supply in their own countries. The shipment of natural resources and foodstuffs to Asia has increased steadily in recent years and will continue. “Once again, the economic growth in Asia, home to more than half the world’s population, is a great opportunity for us based in this region,” he says. The crude oil tanker business is struggling because of oversupply and the sluggish demand in developed countries. But the demand in Asia is steadily growing. “For the time being, we will make full use of our surplus vessels in highly competitive markets, such as VLCC, to increase our customer base in Asia,” Kudo adds. NYK has 803 ships composed of container vessel, bulk carriers, wood chip carriers, car carriers, tankers, LNG carriers and cruise ships.

Major figures set for China Maritime It’s not often you’ll find the most influential, high-profile players in the maritime world all in the same place. But there’ll be a strong line-up of big names in Hong Kong for China Maritime Week 2012! More than 2,500 industry representatives from more than 35 countries attended the China Maritime Week two years ago, including some 1,600 senior executives from ship-owning companies, design firms, shipbuilders and suppliers. This year promises to be even stronger, with key figures from across the marine world, like shipping and work boats, equipment manufacturers and suppliers, policy-makers, regulators and media figures, and experts on the marine environment.

February 28 and 29th. China Maritime starts February 28, with Ms Eva Cheng, Secretary for Transport and Housing for the Hong Kong Self-Administered Region Government, giving an address at the opening ceremony at the Hong Kong Conference and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). Along with a world-leading maritime exhibition, there will be a wide-ranging schedule of conferences and seminars. Later on the first day, distinguished maritime commentator Michael Grey will be one of four high-profile speakers addressing a seminar held by the Young Professionals in Shipping Network (YPSN). Among a number of notable events on February 29, INTERFERRY will hold its regional meeting, led by the ferry industry trade association’s CEO Len Roueche.

March 1. Issues affecting the marine environment will be discussed throughout the week, with a World Ocean Council (WOC) briefing seminar on the second day, and the Clean Ships, Seas, Shores and Ports conference and luncheon on March 1. Among those addressing the conference will be WOC founder Paul Holthus and INTERMEPA’s Neil Baird – both highly regarded authorities on environmental issues, representing the pragmatic, non-extremist side of the debate. China Maritime also offers the chance to mingle with the great and the good in a more informal setting, with a cocktail reception on the first night, and numerous social functions scheduled throughout the week. The Sailors’ Society charity dinner, at the Shangri-La Hotel on February 29, promising fine dining as well as entertaining anecdotes from the guest speaker, popular sports presenter Dougie Donnelly.

Solution to high fuel costs. Slow steaming is sure to be one of the key talking points at the China Maritime Week, as shippers explore ways to increase efficiency amid high fuel costs, while also reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. With tough new regulations to protect the environment set to

come into effect in the near future, the interest in slow-speed marine engines will not be going away. One of the highlights of China Maritime, the TCC Institute for Emissions Reduction in Marine Diesel Engines (TIERMDE) will be presenting an update on potentially gamechanging research into nano-pulse technology that has the potential to revolutionise slow-speed marine diesel engines. TIER-MDE is a research project jointly conducted by the University of Southern California-Los Angeles and Tai Chong Cheang Group of Hong Kong. The project is now into its second year and has made significant progress. The team will discuss how transient plasma ignition technology could improve combustion and reduce harmful emissions in two-stroke low-revs engines. The research offers the possibility of both a practical retrofit capability for existing engines, as well as better technology for next generation engine designs. The presentation will take place at 10.00am on March 1, in Meeting Room S424 of the Hong Kong Conference and Exhibition Centre. More information may be gathered from Captain Vinay Patwardhan at





Maine Dream Comes True N

ot just fantasy but a reality, M/V Maine Dream was named and launched last January 17th for delivery at the tailend of March, this year. While Panama-flagged, this Class NK Nippon Kaiji Kyokai vessel was built in Cebu, Philippines by Tsuneishi Shipyard with Filipino hands and Japanese designers, supervisors and fabricators --- all its dead weight at 58,100 MT, type bulk carrier, length b.p. 185.600 m, breadth mld. 32.260 m, depth mld. 18.000 m, draft mld. (design) 11.300 m, draft mld. (full) 12.800 m.

The Chairman, Toshitaka Ikawa.

Misuga Kaiun owns this new vessel, just like the feeder container Safmarine Taraba and Safmarine Sanaga, panamax bulk Lowlands Kamsar and Wangaratta, postpanamax bulk Tender Salute. The handymax Maine Dream is its sixth acquisition. On top, Misuga manages 13 containers and bulk carriers of other Japanese companies. Maine-Tech Shipmangement (Misuga’s branch in Manila) shall manage the new vessel, M/V Maine Dream.

Guest list. Chairman Toshitaka Ikawa graced the event with his wife, daughter, son and grandsons. Joining the Chairman is Managing Director Hisao Yokouchi and Project Director Kenzo Minagawa, Maine Marine. Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF), Bicol’s premier maritime school, will supply the deck and engine cadets. MPCF Canaman President Commo. Dante Jimenez and wife Nimfa was on hand during the launching (and secretly celebrating their wedding anniversary with a passionate second honeymoon). Management and crewing.




Manila Ocean Crew Management, sister-

Gift of posterity from Tsuneishi Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. Chairman Kenichi Mori.

company of Maine Marine, will supply the eight officers and 14 ratings for an all-Filipino crew. They shall be under JSU-AMOSUP CBA terms on board for nine months, confirms Capt. Manfred August Ramos, Crewing Manager.

Post launching. The launching ceremony was on traditional style: M/V Maine Dream resting high and dry on huge, wooden kill blocks; a woman sponsor “blesses” it with champagne as balloons fly and firecrackers drives away evil spirits. Tug boats pull her to the waters and towed to a safety berth. Here “she” remains for outfittings like the plumbing and electrical systems, hydraulics and other equipment and machinery. These are important and critical work that carry two months thus the period allowed from launching to delivery to actual blue waters operations. While the ship is being outfitted to the rigors of the sea, a team-building regimen builds up on land for the crew. It starts with a common lunch, sort of boodlefight of the military. This prepares each one on the loneliness of the sea; without the family, without the familiar faces: just you and those on board. Mutual trust must be inculcated to each one since work and risks are commonly shouldered.

Jimenez schools; the future.

This is the Misuga management ethics, a core value based of deep friendship and job competence bonded by character discipline.

tankers, car carriers and wood chip carriers. The group develop, build and offer customers throughout the world, ships to match a variety of market needs.

About Tsuneishi.

Tsuneishi also acquired ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certification, in addition to its own TQS (Tsuneishi Quality Standards) and safety standards. Using the technology and experience have cultivated so far, Tsuneishi can offer high grade products and services in new shipbuilding, remodeling and repairs.

Tsuneishi offers high quality products and services from its bases in Asia including Tsuneishi Heavy Industries (Cebu), Inc. in the Philippines where Maine Dream was built. Tsuneishi range includes bulk carriers,




A Gathering of Eagles

SHIPBUILDERS’ OLYMPICS IN CHINA By Lyn Bacani At Maytime, from the 23rd to 25th, all sails veer towards Nanjing, China. For a much bigger and larger China International Marine, Port and Shipbuilding Fair, edition 2012. Unpretentious title, even sounding jaded. But arguably, the world’s most prestigious event for shipbuilding bars any pretender. Just look at the exhibition profile: shipbuilding, repair and conversion; electronics, communications and navigation; mechanical and auxiliary systems; deck, safety and special equipment; maritime services; welding and cutting equipment and port technology. And where exactly, by the way? At Nanjing, the beating heart of the largest shipbuilding country in the world. Across by the Yangtze River, known as the golden waterway, is the hub of the number one shipbuilding area of China. The Yangtze River Delta is the economic engine in China. This has been specially noticeable in the shipbuilding industry where the total import in 2010 reached US$217-million, one-quarter of the total Chinese import volume. Over 80 big shipyards in the Jiangsu province alone are rapidly developing and the need for import is increasing daily. Add to this that the Jiangsu Coastal Campaign has become a national strategy. Government support is unequivocal as that of 2011 lead by China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Jiangsu Provincial People’s Government. Co-organizers are Jiangsu Economy and Information Technology Commission, Department of Commerce of Jiangsu Province, Nanjing Municipal People’s Government and Trade Development Bureau of Ministry of Commerce. Authorized promoters are likewise worldclass; in fact, a merger of UAEC and Ahoy Rotterdam as CIMPS-Europort starting 2012 and onwards. Marino World is the exclusive agent of CIMPS-Europort in the Philippines for this event. From May 23 to 25 at the high-tech Nanjing International Expo Center, CIMPS-Europort shepherds the maritime world to meet with the largest possible representation of the Chinese shipbuilding industry. There are dynamic conference programs, match-making sessions and




trade missions to Jiangsu shipyards, many of which are physically represented on the exhibition floor as well.

• Liaoning, Fujian, Shandong and other

The 2011 record speaks on the range and potentials of Year 2012 version, viz:

China’s offshore industry moves into the fast lane. Chinese shipyards, specially those in Jiangsu, are ready to diversify into offshore engineering which creates a need for technical design and knowhow.

• 8,263 professional visitors from 18 countries and regions attended;

• Overseas visitors are mainly from

Europe, America and Southeast Asia;

• 500 exhibitors from 20 countries and

regions, including 65 foreign exhibitors with five overseas national pavilions plus launches from Holland, Italy and Germany, as well as 50 well-known shipyards from Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Fujian, Shandong and Hubei province.

• Professional buyers like Indonesian

National Shipowners Association, Navy Equipment Department of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, Shanghai Shipbrokers Association;

major shipbuilding provinces attend in groups.

As an added value to the CIMPS-Europort, OTE-Offshore Technology, Equipment Exhibition and Conference will be held. The opportunities offered by Chinese focus on its offshore oil and gas fields are combined with the hew chances of renewable energy will bring to the region. By organizing both exhibition simultaneously, a large portion of visitors with an equal interest in both maritime technology and offshore industry will be drawn to visit each show. The need for advanced technologies is equally large in both sectors.

For participation inquiries:

Tels: (632) 254-7408; (632) 975-7578





Upgrades for provincial ports set T

ransport Secretary Mar Roxas announced three sea ports are set for expansions and upgrade within the year to accommodate increased activities in agriculture, aquaculture and other commercial business. These three provincial ports are Tabaco in Albay, Ormoc in Leyte and Iloilo in Iloilo where cargo handling capacity will be expanded to meet the increases in economic activities thereat. The DOTC secretary announced President B.S. “Noynoy” Aquino III has approved the P500 million funding for port upgrades to address congestion at the piers. The Port of Tabaco is the main converging point and passage for goods, roll on roll off (RORO) cargoes and passengers bound to and from the island province of Catanduanes and nearby islands.

Tabaco shall bid out the construction of the 3,600 sqm cargo handling area amounting to P80 million, including land reclamation. Currently, five ships call at the port but it may be a port-of-call for foreign vessels plying for the Bicol region.

and a two-storey operations building.

Large consignment of cement, sugar, fertilizer and other prime commodities are transported through this port, including rice, pyrite, and salt. Metal and electrical machinery are exported also from Tabaco.

Iloilo has facilities that include 11,400 sq. meters of open space for unhampered operations, supplemented by a backup area of 97,000 sq. meters, a crane, rails of 348 lineal meters; roll-on-roll-off support; a 7,800 container freight stations; and a 720 sq. meter passenger shed.

About P110 million may be needed to upgrade the port of Ormoc to expand cargo-handling capacity. The port now accommodates 1,100 vessels a year, up from 2010’s 950 vessels. The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) says Ormoc needs to construct a ferry boat wharf, transit shed, back-up area, two RORO ramps, passenger terminal

A third priority is the Iloilo commercial port complex upgrades that may cost P300 million. The port requires expansion to accommodate more ships plying international routes.

It has a berth length of 400 meters, a width of 26.26 meters and a berthing depth of 10.50 meters. Roxas expects that the bidding of the said port projects will be conducted within the year, after completing the terms of reference for their respective contracts.

Kandla Port trust initiative

The Kandla Seafarers Welfare Center was recently inaugurated inside the Port of Kandla, India, with Shanti G. Patel as the Chief Guest of Honor being president of the National Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI). With Mr. Patel were NUSI Sec-Gen Abdulgani Y. Serang, Dr P D Vaghela as IAS Chairman, Kandla Port Trust and Mr. M A Bhaskarachar, Deputy Chairman. In his welcome address, Capt. H K Sibal, Deputy Conservator and Vice President of Kandla Seafarers Welfare Association (KSWA) the roots and advocacy of KSWA. He acknowledged KSWA idea came Kandla Port Trust received the Plaque and Certificate from ICSW International Seafarers’ Welfare Awards, London, as the PORT OF THE YEAR 2010 and among the top five




ports of the world.

A fully furnished Center of International Standards was also inaugurated with permission for KSWA to operate the Drop-in-Center inside the Cargo Jetty on a token rent of Rs. 1/- for a period of 11 months on Leave and License basis. A building was renovated by Kandla Port Trust for a Seafarers’ Center as a home away from home for those inside the Port or just visiting. He also thanked the Kandla Steamship Agents Association for a voluntary contribution of Rs. 1000.00 per ship for welfare activities and staff salary. Mr. M A Bhaskarachar, KPT Deputy Chairman, was impressed by “The Port of the Year Award 2011” and the “Seafarer Centre of the Year Award 2011” by the International Center for Seafarers Welfare (CSW), London. He also

The leaders of Seafarers, India.

noted Kandla Port has been setting records in the Cargo Handling and hoped another award may be gained. Dr. P. D Vaghela, IAS, KPT Chairman and KSWA President took interest by visiting the site every 15 days to review the progress of the renovation as he says, “This is a dream come true” and specially cites KSWA Administrator/Treasurer Joseph Chacko with Capt.

H K Sibal, Mr. M L Bellani, Mr. Yogesh Mehta, Mr. Sanjay Thakrar, Mr. Pritam Kewlaramani and Dr Ravi Manocha. Mr. Serang pointed out Kandla Port was unique and first of its kind in India and hopes others will follow, giving solace to seafarers visiting ports in India. He assured all his support on behalf of NUSI and ITF Seafarers Trust.

PPA hammers on ISO certification The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has started implementing the ISO Quality Management System (QMS), initially focused on the country’s seven key ports. Top on the agenda is the business process facilitation of vessels entrance and clearance (VEC). The ISO certifications will be rolled out at the Ports of Batangas, General Santos, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Zamboanga, Ozamiz and Iloilo.

Subic tariff lower than Manila By Gen Dy


ubic Bay Freeport offers lower tariff than ports in Manila to make it more attractive to shippers using either the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) or the South Harbor. Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman Roberto Garcia says it is aimed to develop Subic as the gateway for Central and Northern Luzon cargoes which relieves Manila of congestion. He says arrastre service for a 20–footer container in Subic is only P1,481.76, compared to P2,577.12 collected by MITC, a subsidiary of International Container Terminal Service Inc. and the Asian Terminals Inc. (ATI). This brings savings of P1,095.36. A 40-footer container is charged P3,402.00 in Subic while MITC and South Harbor charge P 5,918.08 or a difference of P2,516.08. He said rates in Subic are very competitive. The new container terminals have total capacity of 600,000 TEUs annually. The new container terminals 1 &2 (NCT1&2) can handle 600,000 TEUs a year and was financed by the Japan Bank of International Cooperation to complement the Government’s over-all infrastructure development plan for the Metro Luzon Urban Beltway. The operation of the container terminal responds to the growing requirements of seaborne trade in Northern and Central

Luzon and the capacity shortage of 14 million TEUs projected for South East Asia. “The key advantages of Subic is its strategic location for regional logistics hub. It has a natural deep harbor, worldclass port facilities and it is International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) code compliant,” Chairman Garcia adds. “There is no truck ban here, no flooding and most importantly, Subic has lower tariff than Manila,” he stresses. Subic plans to complete the privatization of Naval Supply Depot for break bulk and general cargo. It shall also expand the grain terminal, rehabilitate the Alava Wharf and other piers and wharves. It will redevelop Boton Wharf, upgrade and expand the capacity of POL depot. Subic is expanding and rehabilitating ports, piers and wharves to better service its niche markets, grains and fertilizers. Various businessmen have asked the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) to direct international shipping companies to call at Batangas port and Subic to support cargo traffic thereat. Stakeholders said the efficient and optimal utilization of said ports will not only decongest ports in Manila but create new economic magnets outside of Metro Manila. It will also reduce cost incurred by shippers within the Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon (Calabarzon) region.

The Port of Batangas has already attained ISO Certification for QMSVEC. But to ensure continuous improvement, corrective actions are being undertaken to rectify the nonconformity findings. This is preparatory to the first surveillance audit on February 23rd, to be conducted by independent third-party auditors. The QMS VEC project was recently launched in General Santos which includes gap assessment, QMS planning and training on ISO documentation. These are required under the ISO 9001:2008 standards. The Port management office expects ISO certification of the Port of General Santos by end of 2012. Due to dislocations wrought by Typhoon Sendong, the external audit for the Port of Cagayan de Oro was re-scheduled on the third week of February. The Port of Davao has set the achievement of the ISO certification by year end. Meanwhile, the documentation of the QMS-VEC policy and procedures manuals for the ports of Zamboanga, Ozamiz, and Iloilo are on-going. By Q3 2012, the project rolls out in Zamboanga and Ozamis with Iloilo following closely by Q1 of 2013. PPA says ISO certification must be attained by all ports by 2013. The QMS is being pushed by the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) due to Executive Order 605 directing all government instrumentalities to be ISO certified.  PPA pins on the ISO-QMS-VEC certification of the Port of Batangas PPA’s political will to observe EO 605 at all ports nationwide. The initial step has been taken and PPA affirms it shall continue in the interest of safety and efficiency at all ports it is mandated to supervise. FEBRUARY 2012




CARRIERS HIGH RELIABILITY NOT RELIABLE London, UK - Container service reliability reached a new high in the final quarter of 2011 with an on-time average of 69% across all the trades covered by Drewry’s Schedule Reliability Insight report, just published. This is up by six percentage points over the previous quarter, meaning that schedule reliability has improved for three consecutive quarters, a feat only equalled once before between 2Q08 and 2Q09. But the Drewry report points out that in the previous record of 68% set in the second quarter of 2009, a sharp deterioration in reliability followed. “Shippers will be hoping that history does not repeat itself,” said Simon Heaney,

researcher manager for Schedule Reliability Insight. “The two best on-time results have been set during periods of low freight rates, which reinforces the notion that reliability and price are not directly related to one other. However, there is evidence that continued periods of low, loss-inducing rates do eventually wear away at carriers’ motivation to maintain reliability. Their commitment to reliability will be tested this year as we do not expect to see huge rate hikes.” Maersk Line retained its position as the most reliable of the “Top 20” carriers across all the trades covered by Drewry, followed by CKHY Alliance members

Hanjin Shipping and Cosco Container Lines in second and third place, respectively. For the first time, the report also measured reliability by vessel size and operator. The standard reliability rankings include all services that a carrier offers space on regardless of whether they participate as a vessel

operator or via a slot charter agreement. The vessel operator-only rankings had Hanjin and Maersk on top again with on-time percentages of 91% and 90%, respectively. The Drewry report also includes carrier rankings across the three main East/ West trades.

Braemar appoints Gayton, rebrands technical units Braemar (incorporating The Salvage Association) announces the appointment of Mr. Richard Gayton as Regional Director for the Americas.

hull and machinery expertise and experience with a major P&I Club.

Mr. Gayton is expected to strengthen Braemar’s presence in this key region and for engaging more directly with the New York market. He shall focus on Braemer’s traditional hull and machinery business.

Braemar Technical Services (BTS), the marine and offshore technical services arm of the Braemar Shipping Services Group, also confirms the rebranding of business units, viz:

Expansion is also expected on marine consultancy services provided to P&I clubs and marine lawyers. “As a base to service both the Americas and the global market, New York has been a key location for our business since we opened 100 years ago,” says Nigel Clark, Managing Director. “Richard is ideally suited to take forward our strategy … and his appointment represents a move to the next stage of the Company’s development. I’m delighted we have been able to secure the services of such an able and experienced marine professional for one of our most senior positions,” adds Mr. Clark. Gayton joins Braemar from The American P&I Club where he was Vice President/ Principal Surveyor. Prior, he worked as a staff surveyor with The Salvage Association based in New York. He brings an impressive combination of Salvage Association culture,




Other changes.

Braemar Falconer Pte changes to Braemar Technical Services (Offshore) Pte Ltd operating as “Braemar Offshore.” Braemar Wavespec changes to Braemar Technical Services (Engineering) Ltd known as “Braemar Engineering.” Braemar Steege changes Braemar Technical Services (Adjusting) Ltd known as “Braemar Adjusting.” Braemar (incorporating The Salvage Association) and Braemar Casbarian, which also sit within the BTS division, maintain identities as before. BTS was set up to bring a broader service and operating efficiency benefits. According to Mr. Quentin Soanes, BTS Chairman and Executive Director of Braemar Shipping Services, completion of this latest phase emphasis the significant strength in depth Braemar can now offer marine and offshore sectors.

Rebranding of the BTS businesses will benefit both customers and shareholders by reinforcing industry awareness of the complimentary technical skills within the businesses as well as the scope and depth within the division and the wider global network of offices. BTS has 385 employees, the largest single employer in the Braemar Shipping Services group. Mr. Soanes adds, “The establishment of BTS is part of Braemar’s continued plan to be a world leader in marine and energy services. The businesses within BTS are all pre-eminent in their fields and together offer even more comprehensive and integrated services to their clients throughout the global marine and energy sectors.”

Fast deliveries increase Tonnage at the beach London, UK - Tonnage supply hit a massive 605 million dwt at the end of 2011, an increase of 15.2%. This is more impressive considering 19 million dwt was removed in the same period.

Car Carriers above waters London, UK. - Drewry Maritime Research (Drewry) reports the Car Carriers industry has emerged from the global recession with limited damage compared with the head-on collision others experienced. Drewry believes that this sector, with its small orderbook, is better positioned than most others in the shipping industry, who suffer from large newbuilding orderbooks, to weather a double-dip recession. The downturn hurt car-carrying vessels, with capacity utilisation falling significantly. Operators are now less likely to charter tonnage for long periods, instead placing an emphasis on full employment of owned tonnage. With limited numbers of newbuild vessels coming into service, increased demand is easier to meet and an excess of new capacity is not going to blight operators, if the economy retrenches. Drewry highlights that over the next 15 years the global trade in motor vehicles will increase by about 3-4% per year. But global seaborne motor vehicle trade is now complicated after shifting manufacturing bases from West to East. This shift towards regionalised production will stifle the deepsea trade to some extent, but will benefit the seaborne trade in containerised vehicle parts. However, the threat to deepsea trade might not materialise in the near future. Drewry estimates Japan, the leading contributor to global seaborne vehicle trade, will have strong growth in 201215, with European trade returning to its 2007 levels by 2015. South Korea, the second largest seaborne vehicle trader, will experience an average increase of at least 4.5% for the next 10 years. Even though production is shifting

towards Eastern countries, there is a ray of light in the eastbound trades. Only a few years ago, this was a ballast leg for car carriers after importing cars from Asia. But many ships now sail with paying cargo, as demand from China for luxury European car brands continues. Germany’s latest jobless figures have hit a 20-year low, which are attributed to its industrial structure creating demand in markets such as China.

And with rates suffering under current market conditions, forecast points to fleet hitting 684 million dwt by the end of 2012 and 765 million dwt by the end of 2016 signal daunting prospects for the future. Drewry’s Maritime Research edition of Dry Bulk Forecaster says the near future will play heavily on supply-side fundamentals, as ships continue to hit the water at a very fast pace. Given the colossal delivery schedule and slippage from previous years, deliveries in 2012 are forecast to increase further to 97.6 million dwt. The largest increase in deliveries is foreseen in the VLOC segment, where a total of 16.5 million dwt of tonnage will hit the water compared with only 8.9 million dwt in 2011.

Drewry also looks into ports and terminals and the impact they can have on a country’s desire and suitability as a manufacturing hub. India, for example, aims to be the world’s third largest auto maker and is making major investments in infrastructure, including ports and terminals. Government investment is earmarked for ports totaling $60 billion by 2020, with individual carriers setting up locally to handle the export business for car manufacturers.

In light of China’s recent ban on such vessels to protect its domestic capabilities, this could mean further headaches for owners.

Other areas of growth include the High & Heavy sector, which will benefit from the inexorable expansion of the mining and agriculture sectors.

However the Capesize segment is set to see a decline in demolition levels as most of the obsolete vessels were already demolished in 2011. In the longer forecast period, all demolitions are expected to decline, to total 10.6 mdwt in 2016.      

Drewry Maritime Research (Drewry) provides commercial, economic and technical research and advisory services to the international shipping industry. The company has offices in London, China, Singapore and India. Established in 1970, Drewry’s activities are grouped around the business practices like shipping markets, containers, ports and logistics, specialist shipping and technical services. Drewry is a specialist, not a generalist company. Its expertise lies in shipping and related maritime and transport sectors. It has been built by providing specialised advice to leading companies in these industries for over four decades.

Demolition in this over-supplied market totaled 19.1 mdwt in 2011, nearly quadruple that of the preceding year, as the ailing hire market forced owners to retire older ships. 2012 levels may follow 2011 due to the declining average demolition age of vessels.

Shalini Shekhawat, a dry bulk analyst at Drewry states, “It’s not all bad news for the sector as Drewry forecasts a 4% growth in trade for 2012, increasing yearly to a rate of 5.8% come 2016, which considering growth stood at less than 1% in 2011 is a boost for the market. Coupled with an orderbook that has been shrinking since February 2009, when it sat at 295 million dwt, there are glimmers of hope that the serious issue of over supply can start to be addressed.”   “Dry Bulk Forecaster” is published in January, April, July and October available in pdf format which can be downloaded from the Drewry website FEBRUARY 2012



Braemar Seascope Wary

2012 PEAKS FOR SHIP RECYCLING? As the Baltic Dry Index plumbs all-time depths, some recall the dark days of the 1980s for the shipping markets. Yet, steel traders can look forward to a bumper year of supply of vessels for recycling this year, if previous experience offers a guide for the 2012 outlook. Bets are now being taken about how many vessels will be forced by the weak freight markets into the arms of recyclers. Globally, ship scrapping capacity has very big limits being a simple business of driving ships onto beaches and cutting them up with oxyacetylene torches.

demand for the steel content in ships remains strong. Meanwhile, ship recycling capacity could grow further in coming years. The China State Shipbuilding Corporation President said recently that half of China’s shipyards could go bust in the next two to three years. Many of these yards could switch to recycling as, theoretically, could European shipyards, though the economics of recycling in Europe are currently not encouraging.

Theoretically, great numbers of ships could be sold for scrap and held as inventory by the scrap dealers, to be pushed up the beach as and when required.

Braemar Seascope estimates in 2011, 24.2m dwt of bulk carriers were sold for scrap, surpassing the 12.0m dwt scrapped in 2009 during the credit crunch, and the 11.5m dwt scrapped in 1998 after the Asian financial crisis, as well as the 15.0m dwt scrapped in 1986, the year the BIFFEX bottomed out at 554 points on 31 July.

Scrap prices for ships of around USD $500 per light displacement tonne (LDT) remain, suggesting that

2011 was not a recordbreaking year for tanker recycling despite the poor freight markets. From 1982 to

1985 over 20m dwt of tankers were recycled while 14m dwt was sold for demolition in 2010. Last year saw 8.4m dwt of tankers recycled, with the figure for January 2012 maintaining the trend. Scrapping of all types reached 41m dwt in 2011, making it the third biggest year for demolition ever. The second biggest 1986 when 43m dwt

was scrapped, and the biggest ever was 1985 with 44m dwt sent to the beaches. Mark Williams, Braemar Seascope research director in London, says, “If macroeconomic conditions in 2012 continue to underwhelm and if scrap prices stay at their recent high levels, this year could easily surpass 1985 as a peak year for demolition.”

Ship call reduces dangers Many are aware of hazards on board a vessel at sea. But often, little attention is paid to the dangers visiting a ship in port. Yet terminals and ports are as potentially dangerous an industrial environment as most people are ever likely to encounter.

Videotel Marine International (Videotel) has launched a new training programme, Ship Call – Visiting a Ship in Port, designed to provide all those who visit ships the training needed to reduce the risks involved in any ship call.

“Seafarers are highly trained, but in the past even they have come to serious harm boarding vessels,” says Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel. “The situation is even more hazardous for visitors to ships who often lack training and experience. Individuals are expected to board vessels both day and night - often under time pressure - and in all types of weather. Tackling a gangway; alighting from a launch; using a ladder; all have their own inherent risks. Ship Call demonstrates how visitors to ships can avoid the risks divided into three: (Ist), how to prepare for the trip (2nd) risks involved in boarding the vessel. Boarding by launch includes monitoring




weather conditions, inspecting launch for any hazards and checking the sea conditions before attempting to board (3rd) visitor safety while on board, ensuring key safety procedures are adhered to and all appropriate safety equipment is used. Addressing a range of maritime safety regulations, the programme is especially valuable for those joining a ship for the first time and all maritime professionals needing to board or leave a ship in port. Ship Call – Visiting a Ship in Port is available in VHS/ DVD format with supporting booklet, and via interactive CD-ROM.




says. “This will help push our economy and create more jobs in the countryside.”

epartment of Transportation and Communications Secretary Mar Roxas hailed the recent delisting of areas with ‘perceived enhanced risk’ by the Lloyd’s List Joint War Committee.

Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) says JWC delisted the anchorage areas in Davao Gulf in 2009, particularly Malalag and Bunawan Bays, Pujada Bay, and Mayo Bay of being war risk areas after conducting security assessment at the request of the Philippine Government.

This removes the last vestiges of its listing of Mindanao, between Polloc Harbor and General Santos, as high risk areas for insurers.

The recent delisting is part of MARINA’s efforts with DOTC’s objective of promoting Mindanao, particularly the Davao Gulf, as key locations in South East Asia for shipping.

The delisting was based on a December 2011 report made public only recently by JWC under Notice JWLA/019. The delisting basically affirms Mindanao is stable and safe for business activities, particularly for international shipping and ancillary services. DOTC Secretary Roxas expressed confidence that more investments will be forthcoming in Mindanao as a result of the delisting. “We hail this recent positive development which further attests that


Roxas: Help push our economy.

doing business in Mindanao is now an option for international carriers to securely and effectively move, store and ship cargoes and other goods,” Roxas

The JWC is composed of underwriting representatives from both the Lloyd’s and company markets of the International Underwriting Association. It represents the interest of those writing war and related risks within the London market and meets quarterly to update assessments.

PCG gets more from DOTC

he initial days of Rear Admiral Edmund Tan at the helm appear inspiring in pursuing Coast Guard (PCG) mandate on search and rescue operations, among others. PCG’s mother department, that of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) says modernization of the PCG is expected to gain headway this year with the infusion of an additional P1.6 billion for capex (capital expenditure) for assets. DOTC secretary Mar Roxas says the augmentation budget will be used to reinforce the agency’s 2012 budget of P3 billion aimed at building a more mobile and flexible search and rescue capability.   Assets being eyed include the purchase of three to five helicopters for muchneeded search and rescue missions during emergency situations. PCG is waiting for the release of the

World Bank study this month which will be used to write the Terms of Reference for the acquisition. PCG is also set to acquire small boats for maritime interdiction and special operations including rigid-hulled inflatable boat, combat rubber boat, and coastal response boat and other smaller crafts to allow effective respond to calamities. About P135 millon of the additional budget will be used by PCG to deploy danger and safe markers, buoys, and other sort of signaling units and entities through out Philippine waters..   The DOTC is likewise working with the PCG to have several ships repaired. “We have 56 meter vessels, and several 35 meter vessels that are in dry dock,” Roxas says. “For a lesser amount, we can repair these vessels and use them immediately for crucial missions around the country.”

The new PCG Commandant. FEBRUARY 2012



Marina urges fiberglass boat By Gen Dy


he Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) encourages businessmen to invest in fiberglass vessels to help modernize the local fleet. Marina will guide risktakers on access to financial assistance. OIC deputy administrator for operations Arhleen Romero, and concurrently director for Domestic Shipping, says Marina is instituting reforms to promote the growth and development of the domestic shipping. Part of it, is the promotion of the use of fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP).

30 passengers would cost Php3.5 million while a wooden-hulled of same capacity is about Php750,000. Romero reveals JICA found out that the official development assistance (ODA) given to the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) for modernizing shipping is not properly utilized. Basically, there are no takers due to high interest rates. Small operators cannot secure credit lines

vessels yet. We are giving them an alternative to use FRP because, there is total log ban. Where would they get the wood?,” she asks. Japan has instituted the same reforms a long time ago, but there are still ten wooden-hulled vessels operating there. “There are tourists who would like to ride on outriggers, because they see it as indigenous, definitely, bancas will stay but they will operate on certain conditions,” Romero clarifies.

FRP-hulled vessels are also being pushed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), as an alternative to wooden-hulled vessels. From a study by Almec Corporation commissioned by JICA, FRP appears better in terms of stability and performance, speed, lifespan and safety. There are about 1,000 wooden-hulled motor bancas operating in the country, mostly in Batangas, Boracay, Iloilo, Cebu and in many parts of Mindanao. Some of the routes are: Iloilo-Guimaras, a 15-minute ride at less than Php20; Isla Verde– Batangas and Batangas-Puerto Galera. Average age of local passenger ships is 10.21 years, with 240 of them aged 31 and over. Marina Administrator Emerson Lorenzo estimates that an FRP-hulled vessel for

from commercial banks which demand collaterals like real estate and other readilybankable assets. To address this situation, Romero says they are ironing out the financial institutions which may be tapped by small boat operators to be able to acquire FRP. There are a few accredited fiberglass boatbuilders in the country like ALS Marine. Engine installed therein are imported; Japan is promoting Yamaha engines, tips Romero. “We will not phase -out wooden hulled

MARINA recently conducted consultations with small boat owners and operators in Batangas City and Iloilo City who defend on small boats for transportation and livelihood. Transportation and Communications Secretary Mar A. Roxas says they encourage stakeholders to consider investing on FRP vessels to boost government efforts to modernization. Additionally, Secretary Roxas feels, “This is also one way for the transport industry to help in protecting our forest resources where wanton cutting of trees is often attributed to landslides that have killed many of our countrymen.”

LORENZO acquires another ship, speeds up containerization


Lorenzo Shipping Corporation (LSC) expects delivery of a container vessel within the year as part of its modernization to meet the needs of the growing economy.

“The deployment of the vessel will enable the company to continue serving the needs of its customers reliably, efficiently and safely,” LSC expects.

The vessel is the former MV Siefke, built in 2002 for 510 TEUs and 14 knots top-speed. Acquisition cost was kept private yet LSC confirms it is foreign-owned but will be registered under Philippine flag.

In 2010, a 10-year old vessel of 486TEU capacity was added to its fleet of six vessels. This was acquired from a P255 million, seven -year term loan from Banco de Oro, augmenting LSC capacity for inter-island containerized cargo services.

The vessel replaces one of the company’s ships planned to be sold within the year as part of the company’s fleet modernization program.

It is also a defining moment on the LSC evolution from being a break-bulk cargo carrier to a fully containerized cargo shipping company.

Containerization. This container vessel may be deployed in one of LSC’s network like Manila and in Cebu, Davao, General Santos, Cotabato, Iloilo, and Cagayan de Oro, and in Zamboanga, Dumaguete, and Bacolod.

LSC earned P1.192 billion from January to September 2011, higher than the P1.08 billion in 2010. But net income was at P28.605 million, lower than P38.391 million last year.



Fuel hurts. LSC President Roberto Umali says earlier the company is hurt by rising fuel cost that is why cost cutting measures are being implemented to reduce the impact on its income. Fuel expenses are about a third of LSC’s expenses. Umali observes that there is a slower growth in cargo volume while revenues would be flat for 2011, a collective opinion of shipping lines operators. “Prices of oil is dragging our revenues down,” Umali laments. LSC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the global Magsaysay Line consortium.

Accreditation rises, shows optimism Accreditation of domestic shipping increased by 16%, comparing Jan to Nov 2010 to that of 2011. This reflects confidence among investors on the country’s shipping industry. This positive development may be culled from Maritime Industry Authority (Marina)’s accreditation certificates issued to 618 business enterprises in January to November 2011, up from 531 issued in 2010 in the same period. “Investors have painted a bright future in the country’s economic position due to so many factors, among them the drive against graft and corruption by the government, the improving peace and order situation in the country and other internal concerns,” Marina said. New entrants were recorded at 297, up 58% from the 188 of last year although renewals at 321 is a six percent decline. The Regional Offices accredited 507 entities representing 82% of the total; the rest issued by the Central Office. Accreditation of other maritime-related entities saw an increase of 66%. Marina reported that vessel acquisition

intended for domestic utilization rose 47% over those acquired in 2010.

oil exploration projects of Malampaya and Galoc Fields in Palawan.

It notes the strength of the Philippine peso stirred demand for ships for domestic utilization.

Marina processed 40 applications, 7 of which are for Tax Exemption and 33 were for VAT Exemption which were indorsed to the Board of Investment (BOI) under the Investment Priorities Plan (IPP) of the Department of Finance to avail of incentives.

Marina said a total of 150 vessels were acquired through importation compared from 114 in 2010. Bareboat Chartering manifested an increase of 89%. The issuance of Certificate of Philippine Registry (CPR) shows a decline of 10% and a decrease of 19% in the total of Certificate of Ownership (CO) issued. Although there is a 30% increase in new COs due to the increase in vessel acquisition through importation, renewals has recorded a decrease of 34%. Licenses issued, on the other hand, grew by 25% as against those issued in 2010. Total Certificates of Public Convenience (CPC) for vessels plying in the domestic trade decreased by three percent. However, issuance of new CPCs increased by 29%. The issuance of Special Permits/Exemption Permits to overseas vessels deployed in the domestic trade increased by 71% due to the

Compared to last year’s 63, endorsements decreased by 36%. Total Certificates of compliance increased by nine percent for the period in review. Bareboat Chartering manifested an increase of 89%. The issuance of Certificate of Philippine Registry (CPR) showed a decline of ten percent, and a decrease of 19% in Certificates of Ownership (CO) issued. Although there is a 30% increase in new COs, renewals has recorded a 34% decrease. Licenses issued, on the other hand, grew by 25% as against those issued in 2010. Total number of issued of Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC) for vessels plying in the domestic trade decreased by three percent. New CPCs increased by 29%.

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Passports now in shopping malls Now you can shop while your passport is being processed. At shopping malls, nationwide. This, due to the teaming of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the SM chain of malls. DFA recently announced the signing of a Public-Private Partnership deal with mall giant SM offering space to locate consular offices. This brings services closer to the public (and prospective shoppers to the merchandise malls). On top, the government may save Php1billion on rentals over a ten-year period. Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario and SM Prime Holdings President Hans Sy signed a Memorandum of Agreement for the hosting in SM malls of five consular offices in Metro Manila and in other parts of the country. "It is a matter of great satisfaction to have entered into this partnership with SM Prime Holdings as the combined PPP arrangements … since the last quarter of 2011 … now translates to almost P1.04 billion in savings for the government over a period of 10 years," the secretary explains. The PPP arrangements with SM covers the transfer and hosting of existing consular offices in Davao, Baguio and Batangas and the opening of extension offices at the SM Megamall in Mandaluyong and SM City in Manila with a combined floor area of about 3,400 square meters.

DFA Secretary Albert del Rosario and SM Prime Holdings President Hans Sy.

DFA had earlier entered into similar arrangements with Pacific Mall, Robinsons Land and Ayala Land for the hosting of consular offices in 11 other locations nationwide. "In addition to… saving(s) … our partnership with SM and our other friends… will allow us to extend consular services in modern, applicantfriendly settings," Del Rosario adds.

Facilities at the SM Megamall and SM City in Manila will decongest the Office of Consular Affairs at the Aseana Business Park in Paranaque City. The opening of the first two passport extension offices will allow DFA to facilitate the consular requirements of some 10,000 persons who daily visit the main passport facility at Aseana, along Macapagal Avenue.

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Honors earned for bravery in tragedy. FEBRUARY 2012




he Philippine Embassy, in cooperation with members of the Filipino community, showcased Philippine-made products such as pearls, jewelry, hand-beaded bags, home articles made of capiz, and tablecloths and placemats made of indigenous materials in the Filipiniana booth during the “El Rastrillo Nuevo Futuro� charity project at the Casa de Campo in Madrid, Spain. Founded by the Spanish Royal Family in 1968, the project is dedicated to the creation and operation of foster homes for children. Queen Sofia of Spain took a few moments to exchange greetings with Mrs. Isabelita Salinas, wife of Philippine Ambassador to Spain, Carlos C. Salinas, to extend her best wishes to the Filipino people, recognizing their longstanding support to the royal project. The Philippine Embassy and representatives of the Filipino community in Madrid headed by Ms. Carol Aboitiz, have been participants for the last 18 years during which they have showcased and offered Philippine products to the Spanish market.


Queen Sofia of Spain (right) the guest of honor at the Rastrillo in Madrid. In the middle, Mrs. Isabelita Salinas, wife of Ambassador Salinas with Mrs. Rocio Clemente.

by the first quarter of 2012.


The Philippine Embassy in Madrid has announced recently that an agreement with the Porcelanosa Group was signed authorizing Casa Europa of the Philippines to exclusively represent the eight companies under the Porcelanosa Grupo umbrella.

The world-renowned Spanish ceramics and tiling company, Porcelanosa is set to launch its flagship showroom at the Infinity Tower in Bonifacio Global City

The agreement was signed between the Porcelanosa Grupo Chairman Silvestre Segarra and Casa Europa Chairman Raul Martinez.



H.E. Ambassador Carlos C. Salinas reported that a manufacturing plant is one of the long-term goals of the agreement and is seen to boost the business relationship of the Philippines and Spain even further. He also mentioned that Porcelanosa plans to invite Filipino architects to visit its headquarters and showroom in Castellon, Spain. Porcelanosa S.A.was founded in 1973 and has over 100 subsidiaries worldwide.


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February 2012 Edition  

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February 2012 Edition  

Monthly Maritime Magazine