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VOLUME XI NO. 3 ISSN 1908-0972
MAY - JUNE 2016
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SHORTAGE IN SPITE OF CRISIS Government
Legislation ANGKLA REPEATS VICTORY
Union AMOSUP INFO CARAVAN
AWARDS INTâ€™L SEAFARER WELFARE SHORTLIST
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Marine officers attending company conference. Some do for compliance, majority skip off and content without promotions they must study and struggle for.
If the attitude is not reformed, the Philippines may lose out on her preeminence on both officers and ratings.
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AT SEA FOR ALL “Over one million seafarers operate the global fleet, yet billions of people depend on them for the essentials and the luxuries of life. Shipping is essential to the world -- and so are seafarers,” underscores IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim. The message and the IMO campaign slogan, At Sea For All, is so fitting for the celebrations of the annual Day of the Seafarer. Since the launch in 2010, the event is celebrated all over the world to recognize the major contribution of seafarers in world trade, working hard to deliver goods and services to communities across the globe. Everyone is encouraged to show appreciation to our seafarers on this special day. We can reflect the sentiment on digital, in government and private programs and activities. But alongside kind words, the best manner is to give them benefits they deserve. Worthy to highlight is the recent law, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Act or
Republic Act 10801. It upgrades OWWA to an independent agency (albeit, attached to the Dept. of Labor and Employment- DoLE) budgeted from the General Appropriations Act instead of relying solely on membership fees. This implies formal Government intervention on the welfare of OFWs than the usual self-funding of our Filipino overseas contract workers. In 2015, Filipino seafarers remitted some US$5.6 billion, a big boost for the country’s economy. About 400,000 seafarers contribute US$25 each to the OWWA Trust Fund for contracts they serve. The trust account, including income and earnings shall be used only for the development and implementation of welfare programs and services for OFWs and their families. Worldwide, the maritime industry is keeling off on business reverses. Our merchant mariners are directly affected on slower and more stringent hiring. Plus competitions from countries accepting any rate to jumpstart development of their maritime manpower pool.
Add to these progressively new requirements brought about by international Conventions coming into force. These demands newer skills, competency-based rather than theoretical knowledge. All pressuring our seafarers, dividing quality time with their families when they are on limited vacation but must study for the required upgrades. We also hope other Government agencies ship-shape operations, from merely pressuring seafarers to serving them efficiently, with dignity. We also hope lines are no longer formed as they secure documents needed, sometimes sleeping in sidewalks to ensure priority the following day. More pathetically, that Government offices abroad should open to assist victims of armed robbery and piracy. Instead of being closed because of holidays, tired. And callous. Can there be a positive shift on the unorthodox Duterte Administration? Three-day service, no need to follow-up? We hope so, we pray for. Meantime, cheers to our Seafarers. Come hell or high water, “At Sea For All.” MARINO WORLD
Government Padilla & Calzado: synergy or subsidy?
MEDPLUS QUESTIONED by Coca H. Strobar
A recent funding agreement between OWWA and Philhealth has been severely criticized by an advocacy group, the United OFW Worldwide (U-OFW). This is the memorandum of agreement (MoA) signed by OWWA Administrator Rebecca Calzado and PhilHealth President Alexander Padilla last June 2nd at the Golden Phoenix Hotel-Manila, in nearby Pasay City. The program is called MEDplus to cover about 2.4 million OWWA members, but only if they are also active members of Philhealth may they avail of the additional medical assistance. John Leonard Monterona of U-OFW says, “MEDplus, introduced as OWWA’s new medical assistance program via
Philhealth, is duplicitous.” The comment may be sensible given that to avail of MEDplus, one must be “an active member of Philhealth.” Health coverage has been implemented years ago and consistently improved by the case-rate system of Philhealth which now covers 4,600 medical and surgical procedures including cancer cases and other dreaded diseases. Details. Monterona explains Philhealth is already mandatory to workers. Even without MEDplus, they are already covered. Besides, OWWA has no business in providing universal health care, he stress.
Calzado says the program underscores the commitment of both agencies to provide more responsive and meaningful benefits to their mutual members OFWs. P150 million is allotted for the initial implementation of MEDplus, allowing up to P50,000 additional assistance for dreaded diseases (which are much costlier and demand higher funding). Overseas Filipino members may also avail themselves of PhilHealth benefits when they are confined in hospitals abroad. Their dependents may also claim the benefits. OWWA collects US$25 membership fees from both land-based and seabased OFWs workers for every contract, regardless of duration. Under the new
OWWA Act, it may only collect every two years from the last contribution made. For Philhealth, the minimum annual premium now for land-based OFWs is P2,400.00. This can be paid in advance for two years to five years, or depending on the duration of the contract with the overseas employer.
due to mismanagement, Philhealth owes P600 million to 600 private hospitals. There is also no closure on the scandal that a freshly-graduate Makati-based eye doctor has been billing Philhealth millions for alleged cataract operations. This is only one of accusations on overbilling still unresolved or unpunished.
For seafarers, the premium contribution rate is salary-based following the premium schedule for the Formal Economy. PhilHealth reminds seafarers coverage need not end when contract with manning agency ends. Even if on vacation or waiting for contract renewal, seabased OFW members should pay their premium to avail of benefit should the need arises. Sea-based OFWs include fishermen, cruise ship personnel and those serving foreign maritime mobile offshore and drilling units. Financial reasons. At the MEDplus launch, Padilla Monterona of U-OFW, agitated. denies it is a midnight act and even claims “…ito ho ay itutuloy ng panibagong administrasyon (the new Administration will continue it),” which appears to second-guess since “It appears that OWWA through MEDplus is funding Philhealth’s ‘case there is yet no policy pronouncement on rate system’ by channeling P150-M taken the issue. from the OWWA trust fund, a collection of US$ 25 OFW membership fee, which Monterona declares, “We could smell in the first place is the main content of something fishy in here noting previous Philhealth’s National Health Insurance reports alleging that Philhealth has Program (NHIP),” Monterona adds. depleted funds and there were issues of outstanding reimbursement due to Monterona calls on Philippine legislators Philhealth-accredited private hospitals.” to conduct an investigation and prevent the implementation of the OWWAObservers suspect the financial vital Philhealth MEDplus memorandum of signs of Philhealth may need intensive agreement. care. The funding infusion from OWWA may be the placebo pill to reflect a better record on transition data for the incoming Instead, he suggests OWWA should have developed additional welfare programs administration. and onsite direct services to OFWs especially the distressed, stranded, and As far back as May 2014, Dr. Rustico even the undocumented. Jimenez, head of Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines, claim that
“Retirement pension for OFWs could be one, increase the disability benefits and burial assistance, among others,” Monterona details. Paper trail. Marino World directly asked Calzado if MEDplus is in line with the implementation of the new OWWA law, RA 10801. The OWWA administrator says it is not. Calzado claims MEDplus was approved by the OWWA Board of Trustees in September 2015 and set for the 3rd quarter of 2016. This argues against the criticism the MoA is a midnight act of the outgoing administration. Work extended on what “dreaded diseases” should be covered by MEDplus. RA 10801 was signed into law May 10, published in the Official Gazette May 16, and effective May 31 (which is 15 days after publication). But the law cannot be implemented without the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) normally formalized 90 days from approval of the law. In October 1997, PhilHealth took over the Medicare program for government and private employees funded by the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS); from the Social Security System (SSS) in April 1998 and from OWWA in March, 2005. The new OWWA Charter or RA states “Within two years from the effectivity of this Act, the OWWA shall develop and implement health care programs for the benefit of member-OFWs and their families.” This may return OWWA to its 2005 role and could justify the MEDplus agreement. But the law says in “two years,” thus MEDplus comes too early and would institutionalize duplicity on government programs. Which is what it is being criticized for, now.
RA 10801 THE OWWA CHARTER President Aquino has signed into law the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Act or Republic Act 10801. This Act provides guidelines on OWWA, its mandate, purposes and objectives, membership, collection of contributions and access to benefits and services. It also embodies policies on fund management, programs and services administration. OWWA used to operate on Presidential Decree No. 1694 of May 1, 1980, amended by PD 1809 of January 16, 1981, both on the term of then President Ferdinand E. Marcos.
There are demands to separate the books of account of sea-based from land-based funds since land-based contribution is 70% and sea-based only 30%. The former should have more benefits than the lower contributor. Administrator Calzado wants funds co-mingled (joined) since a bigger total brings higher returns in the investment market. Funds must be invested so it would grow to pay for future liabilities. Benefits and Services.
Senator Joseph Victor JV Ejercito proposed the new law in 2013. A technical working group was created in 2015, substituted by Senate Bill 2955 under C.R. No. 255 which became RA 10801.
Among the mandates: •
Not less than 10% of OWWA’s collection for the immediately preceding year shall be for the reintegration program
Assist DFA provide OFWs with repatriation
Provide low-interest loans to members
OWWA is now a national government agency attached to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), its personnel covered by the Salary Standardization Law. OWWA would now receive government funding instead of relying solely from the contributions of its OFW members. However, OWWA Fund is a private fund held in trust by the OWWA. As such, no
o P2,000 to P50,000 disability and dismemberment benefits
portion nor any of its income, dividends or earnings shall accrue to the general fund of the Government.
Maintain assistance to members in all its overseas offices.
Cover members with social benefits, viz: o P100,000 for natural death; P200,000 for accidental death
o P100,000 total permanent disability benefit o P20,000 burial benefit On actuarial studies, the Board may increase above benefits.Within two years from the effectivity of this Act, the OWWA shall develop and implement health care programs for the benefit of member-OFWs and their families. A member, or designated beneficiary, may avail of scholarship grants on a selection process and accreditation of participating institutions. OWWA may grant rebates or financial assistance to OFW members at least ten years, and who, along with their families, have not availed of any service or benefit from the OWWA. RA 10801 also mandates greater representation of OFWs in the Board of Trustees: •
Increasing OFW representatives to five (two land-based, two from sea-based)
One from the women sector)
Government reps reduced from seven to six.
SHORTAGE IN SPITE OF CRISIS by Ligaya Caban
maritime professionals who work at the ‘sharp end’. This includes seafarers’ unions, maritime education and training institutions and manning agents.
However, Chinese seafarers are available for international service may be more limited, with the Philippines and Russia as important sources of officers, followed closely by Ukraine and India.
The global supply of officers is forecast to increase steadily but is predicted to be outpaced by increasing demand.
Associated Marine Officers’ and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP) President Conrado Oca says on ratings, “(T)he industry is also looking into the wastage rate of officers as many end up as ratings when they are not able to undertake the necessary training to qualify for officer licensure. In the Philippines, this has even contributed to the huge number of ratings seeking employment.
Some officer categories are in especially short supply, including engineer officers at management level and officers needed for specialised ships such as chemical, LNG and LPG carriers. Surplus.
There remains a shortage of marine officers, despite the current crisis in the global shipping, particulary in container, dry bulk, LNG tanker ships and oil and offshore industries. Dr. Oca of AMOSUP remains positive on the trend, given fundamentals in the country. The latest Manpower Report from Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) and International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) forecasts a serious future shortage of seafarers: •
Current shortfall of about 16,500 officers (2.1%)
Additional 147,500 officers by 2025.
The report released last May includes data from 2010-2015 and, for the first time, analysis of qualitative data from
The report suggests that in the past five years the industry has made good progress with increasing recruitment and training levels and reducing officer wastage (i.e. retaining qualified seafarers and increasing the number of years which they serve at sea). But the report indicates that, unless training levels are increased significantly, the growth in demand for seafarers could generate a serious shortage in the total supply of officers. The report, however, estimates there is a current surplus of about 119,000 ratings (15.8%), with demand only having increased by about 1% since 2010. The report sees China as having overtaken the Philippines as the largest single source of seafarers qualified for international trade (but the Philippines is still largest in ratings).
The continuing huge investments in MET facilities speaks well of the confidence of ship owners with the employable qualities and competency of Filipino seafarers – both rating and officers. Specialized training facilities have been given much focus so that more can qualify to man the specialized ships of the world fleet. While it is true that other labor sending nations are trying to catch up with the Philippines, their officers are heavily demanded by their own fleet, as in the case of China. The other major sources of qualified officers also follow what happens in the country and what we do in the industry.” Oca remains positive, “For as long as we remain focused on education and training, and with the social partners cooperating well towards a common goal, there are fewer reasons why we cannot remain the Crewing Capital of the World.” Actions. Oca observes “The BIMCO/ICS Report presents the same trend as when the last report was released almost a decade ago.
That is, there is a shortage of maritime manpower at the operational and management levels and a huge surplus in non-officers positions.” The Philippines has taken advantage of the situation very well when it overhauled its licensure process – then by PRC through the Walk-in Examination System (WES) and since last year, by MARINA through the better organized National Assessment of Competency Standards System (NACSS). Through the said computer-based system of MARINA, would-be officers (new) and those desiring to upgrade to management level licenses need not wait for the scheduled written examinations which only happens three times a year for Deck and Engine examinees. The current system (NACSS) implemented by MARINA produces close to a thousand upgraded and new officers every month as examinations happen every day in two facilities.
The competent agency has also devolved some of its important functions to the regions: the issuance and revalidation of Certificates of Proficiency and Certificates of Competency. Maritime Officers need not process such certificates at Marina Head Office. This is necessary in order to meet IMO’s January 2017 deadline for updated and revalidated certificates and the figure, according to the competent agency, translates to a 40% completion rate. Reactions. ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe: “Without continuing efforts to promote careers at sea and improve levels of recruitment and retention, the report suggests it cannot be guaranteed that there will be an abundant supply of seafarers in the future.” InterManager SecretaryGeneral, Capt Kuba Szymanski: “There is no avoiding the fact that the global fleet is increasing and more manpower is needed. However, we are demanding more from current seafarers rather than recruiting even more cadets into the market. And these cadets need training berths on our ships if they are to fulfill their true potential. Attracting new seafarers and retaining them will test the industry, but we are taking action now with initiatives such as the single window, paperless shipping and project MARTHA.”
Nobulk Shipping Director, Peter Karlsen: “Although the figures published in the report are very worrying, we could see something positive coming out of it. The shortage of skilled officers could actually lead to more competition between the operators. Experienced officers will have a greater choice of employers, which may give an advantage to quality ship managers and owners. Those who have built up a good reputation and offer a high standard of crew welfare will have a better chance of recruiting the experienced officers.” Thome Group President, Claes Eek Thorstensen: “As long as the Philippines can produce competent officers who can compete with other nationalities then it will continue to remain an important recruitment hub.” Videotel CEO, Nigel Cleave: “Attracting new blood into the industry is vital and by having properly structured training programmes to ensure competent cadets can advance quickly through the ranks will help make a career at sea an attractive option to young people.”
Chairman Adonis Donato (OSM Maritime Services) and Manager Ponciano Ala (Training Academy) cut the ribbon of the ROV simulator room
A NIGHT OF FIRSTS
OSM LAUNCHES DMA MECA On 11 May 2016, OSM Training Academy launched three new courses in OSM Philippines: the Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Pilot Technician Course, the Danish Certification for Ship’s Cooks, and the Danish Medical Care. The night opened with the warm welcome of the president herself, Ms. Mailyn Borillo. The OSMPhilippines head emphasized the importance of the launch. More than being firsts for OSM and the Philippines, the new courses will surely help in the continuous development of the maritime industry here. ROV Pilot Technician Course. Engr. Julius Dizon (Senior ROV Pilot) discussed how the ROV can go to depths beyond the capacity of divers and how vital it is in subsea 12
operations of the offshore industry. Dizon says a ROV Pilot Technician is a highly sought-after expertise dominated by Europeans. Danish Ship’s Cook Certification. Chef Mark Anthony Galang made a brief introduction of the course which qualify participants to obtain a Danish Certificate of Endorsement for Ship’s Cook on a reduced sea service time. Danish Medical Care Course. It was presented by Ms. Karla Monica Ceñido, company Nurse and course Instructor. It is a training for medical caretakers on board Danish-flagged ships. It is the first time DMA approved a medical care course facilitated by a Filipino nurse; in fact, the only medical care course approved by DMA in Southeast Asia.
The approval given by the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) is a testament to the quality of the syllabus, the qualifications of the instructors and appropriate facilities. The event was attended by manning agencies and organizations like Maersk Line, Torm Shipping, Ultraship, Phoenix Maritime, Nordic Tanker and the Nordic Business Council. Guests were toured on the training facilities, then treated to a special dinner prepared by the catering trainees. The night concluded with closing remarks from Mr. Adrien Luntao (General Manager – OSM Global Training) assuring seafarers will have excellent learning experience, boosting their morale and confidence on a wider global stage.
MUSTER LIST by Capt. Reynold “Burt” M. Sabay CEO - MyMET Solutions
Today marks another light on the horizon as the 2016 National Elections end. The allegedly maritime nation called the Philippines is still an allegation. The new leadership may as well take the helm and steer the Philippines to deep waters where others dare not! Muster List A muster list or station bill is the emergency plan on a ship that seafarers need to adhere to if there is a fire or evacuation. This is posted, shown to sailors as they board to tell their jobs in case of fire or any emergency. The Philippines seafaring regime is on fire for a long, long time. 1. Transformation of our Maritime Education and Training (MET) from qualification-based to competency-based. Half a century ago, the infamous degree in maritime education was institutionalized here: BS in Marine Transportation, Major in Navigation and Seamanship; BS in Marine Engineering, Major in Steam Engineering and Marine Electricity. It was 1964, the STCW Convention was non existent, yet. A game changer came, the 1978 International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (78 STCW Convention). All, as in all marine practitioners and professionals, went on stampede to undergo training and re-training. The 78 STCW Convention was amended as STCW 1995 and, further, as STCW
2010 or Manila Amendments. The series of audits by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) demonstrated the Philippines did NOT, after all, comply fully with the 1978 STCW Convention as amended in 1995 and 2010. Until today, practically all marine professionals will undergo training, re-training, updating and refreshers one way or the other inevitably. The gamechanger failed to change our MET! 2. Fortification of the Philippine STCW Administration Basic STCW Definitions PARTY – the State to which the STCW Convention entered into force. ADMINISTRATION – the Government of the Party whose flag the ship is entitled to fly (emphasis deliberate). APPROVED – approved by the Party in accordance with these regulations. COMPANY – the owner of the ship or any other organization or person such as the manager, or the bareboat charterer, who has assumed the responsibility for operation of the ship from the shipowner and who, on assuming such responsibility, has agreed to take over all the duties and responsibilities imposed on the company by these regulations. It is of paramount importance to understand that MARINA is the Administration of the government of the Philippines as a Party whose flag the vessel is entitled to fly. There are, at the
time of this writing, 116 seagoing ships flying the Philippine Flag. Considering the letter and spirit of the STCW, is MARINA the Administration for 116 ships? Sadly, but accurately, YES! Who, therefore, is supposed to approve the seagoing service of a Filipino Seafarer on board a vessel flying the flag of Bahamas, or Marshal Islands, or Isle of Man? There might be wisdom in EU’s deployment of EMSA to the Philippines! 3. Philippine International Ship Registry Law Our Flag Registry in the last two and a half decades nose-dived to its vertical limits. Our Registry became unpopular during the era of Bareboat Chartering. Panama became the biggest in terms of tonnage. Panama has no seafarers to boast of in the first place. How and why did this happen? A mirror case is Liberia, the second largest Flag Registry. We are successful in the manpower business and is the Manning Capital of the world. It is about time to take the success to the next level – the Flag Registry Capital of the world. Let us redefine Flag of Convenience (FOC) as Flag of Choice! For any reaction: mymetsolutions@ gmail.com
TRANSAS PICKS PLSE Closer look at the marvels
CEO Frank Coles explains, “As we move forward with our vision and the next stage of growth, we are excited to have someone of Andrew’s caliber join us. Moving Johan Gustavsson into Customer Support will also… to continue to provide world class support.” Ward brings nearly two decades of sales experience in the commercial and defense markets, in the oil and gas sector. He holds a BA in Business Administration and Marketing. He started with Litton Marine Systems (now Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine). He transferred to Imtech Marine UK on its commercial and naval business, focused on the Carrier Vessel Future (CFV) and the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) landing craft ships.
Manila has been chosen as exclusive distributor for Transas advanced technical solutions and systems in the Philippines and the Pacific Region (Papua New Guinea and Marshall Island). This was formalized in simple ceremonies April 19th at the showroom/ office at the 8th floor of Dohle HausManila, 30-38 Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, San Isidro, Makati City. Mr. Dell Supapo, President of Phil Life Saving Equipment (PLSE) is the exclusive director with Capt. Bo Caspersen as PLSE Chief Operating Officer while also Sales Director for Transas Marine Pacific. Both guided maritime executives at the compact
showroom, integrating bridge and engine as those on actual ships yet practical for in-house training. One is awed on the 3D virtual reality, compliant with STCW competencies, approved and certified by classification societies. It may even train trainors and assessors, now in critical demand. Tune-up. Transas itself flexes corporate muscle by broad restructuring of senior management to continue its lead on global trends. First infusion is Andrew Ward as VP for Sales-Pacific, replacing Johan Gustavsson who, in turn, transfers as VP for Global Customer Support, a new post.
In 2009, Andrew moved into the offshore oil and gas sector initially with L3 Communications developing the European and Middle East markets for Dynamic Position Systems; then, headed the Asia region for the C-MAR group, a provider of marine and offshore crewing, vessel management, training, consultancy and project manpower services. Mr. Ward comments, “Transas is now entering a new phase of growth and beginning to join the dots of true interconnectivity from ship to shore. I look forward to… pushing the boundaries of the market’s expectations of what a maritime company should be.” Milestones. Established in 1990, Transas was one of the first to offer electronic chart systems – before these systems became conventional and mandatory. In 1996, its navigation systems were installed in Sweden on 117 patrol ships; in 1997, its ECS was at the MIR space orbital station. In 1999, Transas was the first company to receive the international
Reilly, Caspersen and Ward
ECDIS Type Approval Certificate. In 1998, Transas was awarded Lloyd’s List Honorary Diploma “For Outstanding and Consistent Contribution to Training” based on its success in South Korea, UK and the Philippines (like the first fullscale navigational at IDESS Training Center). It continues to service the world --Australia and New Zealand, Gulf of Finland and Bulgaria as well as VTMS, first in Thailand, then in England, Iceland, France, Morocco and Namibia. In 2005, Transas won the Seatrade Dubai International Maritime Award for its Potential Incident Simulation, Control
and Evacuation System; gains world’s first INS C type approval certificate for Intelligent Bridge System and gave its solutions for the world’s first distant simulated training of crisis management (oil spill exercise the in Baltic region).
Mariners in ECDIS by 2010; 2014, contributes to the most technically advanced simulation suite in the UKGlasgow College; the first cloud-based simulations with the State University of New York, USA.
By 2009, Transas operates own 20 regional offices for customers in more than 120 countries; taking 90% of ECDIS market share in Denmark. All naval forces of Black Sea NATO countries are using Transas maritime simulations.
Last year, Transas became a member of Intl Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF). Its ECDIS is used by Maersk Line, world’s largest container company with over 100 vessels. It also bagged the unprecedented multi-million largescale simulator complex for the Center for Simulator Maritime Training) (CSMART) of the giant Carnival cruise line.
Transas is the first company to incorporate Admiralty Information Overlay with T&P Notices to
Kobayashi, Jimenez, Supapo and Saito
ANGKLA REPEATS VICTORY ANGKLA takes a seat again at the Lower House of the bicameral Congress after it was among the party lists formally proclaimed by the National Board of Canvassers (NBoC) where the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) is a part of.
once again, the seafaring industry certainly looks forward to new positive developments.
Having enacted at least four of its principally authored landmark measures into law during the 16th Congress, ANGKLA has indubitably upgraded the benchmark as far as advancing the various concerns and ensuring the growth of the Philippine maritime industry.
• RA10635 - The MARINA STCW Law
Given its overwhelming achievement, ANGKLA’s re-election as the sole maritime party representative is no surprise. With ANGKLA at the forefront
ANGKLA Representative Jesulito A. Manalo’s outstanding achievements last Congress, among others, include:
• RA10668 - Amendments to the Philippine Cabotage Law; • RA10698 - The Naval Architecture Modernization Law; and • RA10706 - The Seafarers’ Protection Act; • Co-authored at least 10 more vital new laws such as RA 10801, which is the
new OWWA Law equalizing the benefits and privileges granted to the sea-based OFWs with that of the land based, RA 10653 or the Act adjusting the 13th month pay tax ceiling, & RA 10692 or the PAGASA Modernization Act to help foresee and provide people advisories regarding on-coming strong typhoons and other calamities. • Continually promoted the devolution of MARINA, as it ensured additional budget for the agency of close to P500 million for the construction of MARINA’s new office building in Manila, and 3 MARINA Regional Processing Centers in Cebu, Negros Occidental, and Iloilo, in support of the decentralization scheme sought by the Administration;
“ Now that we are re-elected, we assure the sector that we will continue to engage them in dialogues and consultations to determine all pressing concerns and get them resolved. ” • Provided P16.4M of medical assistance to seafarers and their families through guaranty letters used in various government hospitals throughout the nation; • Granted P42M worth of scholarship and educational assistance to about 2,514 students; and • Assisted in pioneering the first Maritime High School with its first batch graduating this year to complement the K-12 Program of government. Even before the inception of the 17th Congress, numerous opportunities have presented itself for ANGKLA with its Representative Jess Manalo, as a second termer, already requested by the party list coalition to be part of the negotiation panel for discussions with the group of incoming speaker Congressman Pantaleon Alvarez in the committee preference of its members. ANGKLA is optimistic that it can retain its membership in congressional committees, which generally hear the most salient issues and pass relevant laws, such as committee on Transport, Labor, Overseas Workers, and Foreign Affairs, to name a few. This opportunity likewise opens greater possibilities for Cong. Manalo to be granted a Committee vice or chairmanship position, as the new Congress can easily acknowledge the need to utilize his legal expertise and experience as a hardworking legislator. This newly designated authority will certainly allow the industry’s representative to introduce more policy
reforms in government both of maritime and national importance. With more bills relevant to the maritime still pending to be passed, it is indeed great news for the industry to maintain its voice in Congress. Ready to get back to work for the next Congress, which convenes on 25 July 2016, ANGKLA, in its social media account expressed its gratitude to its supporters and called on everyone to “go full throttle (with them) towards a more vibrant maritime Philippines.” ANGKLA intends to pursue within the next 3 years, its 7-Point Agenda: (1) Establish a formidable research platform that identifies, reviews, and establishes policies to propel the maritime industry; (2) Enhance the role of our Maritime Administration as both effective government regulator, and visionary industry enabler; (3) Focus on generating inclusive growth employment opportunities within the broad maritime industry; (4) Implement the development of modern and integrated maritime infrastructure; (5) Push for maritime legislative agenda that aligns the development of the maritime industry at par with international standards;
(7) Institute effective reintegration plans or livelihood entrepreneurship programs for seafarers. “We will not be able to fulfill any of our advocacies sans the help of the various stakeholders of the maritime community, who truly believe in us. Our sector leaders all over the country strongly campaigned and volunteered to organize in their area to ensure that ANGKLA’s performance and vision are made known to as many people and stakeholders of the maritime industry. We are grateful to them. Now that we are re-elected, we assure the sector that we will continue to engage them in dialogues and consultations to determine all pressing concerns and get them resolved.”, Manalo said, in an interview. Indeed, given Cong Manalo’s chiselsharp performance, ANGKLA earned the respect and open endorsement of major maritime associations like the Joint Manning Group (JMG), Filipino Shipowners Association (FSA) and Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SONAME). ANGKLA boasts of a very strong bench, considering its five nominees are maritime and legal experts: (1st) Rep. Jesulito Manalo, son of a ship captain, a maritime lawyer; (2nd) Capt. Ronaldo Enrile, senior executive in a major shipping group; (3rd) Atty. Augusto Perez Jr.; (4th) Chief Engineer Petercon A. Lugue; and (5th) Atty. Bernadette Yanzon Blanco.
(6) Promote the development of a tax regime that will support the continued development of the Philippine maritime industry; and MARINO WORLD
INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER OF SHIPPING
ICS ELECTS POULSSON CHAIRMAN First Thursday of June in Tokyo, Esben Poulsson of Singapore was elected Chairman at the Annual General Meeting of the ICS (International Chamber of Shipping). ICS is the principal international trade association for shipowners, with a membership comprising national shipowners’ associations from 37 countries representing all sectors and trades and over 80% of the world merchant fleet. Poulsson sits as Vice-Chairman and succeeds Masamichi Morooka of Japan who decided to stand down after four years in office. Mr. Poulsson now holds the helm of the industry’s most influential international trade association, and stand as a leading representative of the global shipping industry, overseeing its liaison with its regulators such as the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO). Agenda. After his unanimous election, Mr. Poulsson declares, “Being Chairman is a big responsibility and my primary task will be to ensure that ICS continues to represent the considered views of the entire industry. This means reflecting and reconciling the opinions of different ship types and trades, different national viewpoints, and the interests of shipping companies big and small.” He says ICS has two major challenges,
“… The first is working with IMO Member States to make further progress addressing international shipping’s CO2 emissions, including our proposal that IMO should develop an ‘Intended IMO Determined Contribution’ for reducing the sector’s CO2, similar to the commitments already made by governments as part of the Paris Agreement.
He also has four Vice Chairmen: Mr John C Lyras (Greece), Mrs Karin Orsel (Netherlands), Mr Mark Martecchini (Liberia) and Mr Gerardo Borromeo (Philippines).
“But even more pressing from an industry perspective is making sure we are ready for the almost certain entry in force of the IMO Ballast Water Convention, and engaging with governments, especially the United States, to overcome some remaining but really serious implementation problems.”
Mr Poulsson adds, “I was fortunate enough to lead the strategic review which ICS conducted last year and this made me very aware of the enormous scope of activity in which ICS is engaged. This ranges from representation on policy and operational matters, as well as maritime law and employment affairs, to the production of best practice guidance and technical publications that are relied upon by shipping companies and seafarers worldwide.” On top, ICS shall liaison with governments, with a large number of international institutions that impact upon the interests of shipowners. The Chairman is assisted by the ICS workhorse, Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe.
To coincide with its Annual Meeting, ICS has published its 2016 Annual Review of maritime policy developments, see www. ics-shipping.org
He is also chairman of Enesel, a Singapore-based commercial management and ship owning entity managing 14 large modern container vessels all under the Singapore flag. He has 40 years in the industry, 20 with Torm in Hong Kong, London, Copenhagen; most recently, as President & CEO of Torm-Singapore. Poulsson is a Non-Executive Director of X-Press Feeders, First Ship Lease Trust and of Hafnia Tankers. He is non-executive Chairman of Cambiaso Risso Asia serves as Senior Advisor to Straits Tankers (Singapore-based Pool Management company, a joint venture of MOL-Tokyo and Hafnia ManagementCopenhagen). He was 2015 president of the Singapore Shipping Association, a Council Member since 2007. He serves on the Board of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and is an Advisory Panel Member of the Singapore Maritime Foundation.
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OF MYTHS AND CHALLENGES
WOMEN SEAFARERS by Merle Jimenez-San Pedro President, Women in Maritime Phil.MyMET
(Editor’s note. Article is basically primed for Women’ Month. But we find it substantial for the Day of the Seafarer; in fact, consistent with the author’s advocacy for gender equality.)
“We do not bring bad luck to ships- nor are we nuisance on board.”
of Sweden became the first woman to command a major cruise ship.
“Acing the exams, at the final stage of the interview, we are told we cannot be accepted to go on board because of gender.” (Case Study, MPCF Bikol)
The ITF Seafarers website says after 1945, women were onboard as stewardesses, cooks and radio officers. In the 1960s, they were officers/cadets due to difficulty of recruiting men. Towards the 70s, Chinese women seafarers crewed the world’s first officer-only cargo ship, Fengtao.
A case study was done by Mariners’ Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPFC) in Bicol which captured the experiences/sentiments of a sample of women seafarers from selected schools. It was the nucleus of “Women: The Untapped Human Resource in Seafaring” which was part of the panel discussion during the 18th ACI Maritime Human Resource & Crew Management Conference last March 9 and 10 in Singapore. Women’s contribution. History shows the involvement of women in maritime as early as Queen Isabella I of Castille and Leon who financed the voyage of Christopher Columbus in 1492. Another woman, Queen Elizabeth I, secretly commissioned Sir Francis Drake to an expedition that made him the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe. Another, businesswoman Mary Jane Coston, invented the Coston flare. It is used to signal at sea, to communicate to save lives --- even win battles of the Civil War. In the 18thcentury, the first woman marine engineer in Britain plied for 20 years on 49 ocean-going voyages, honored with Lloyd’s War Medal for Bravery at Sea. In 2007, Capt Karin Stahre-Janson
In the mid 1980s, the shipping world lost interest in recruiting women and focused on the male seafarers as their main source—at times, their only source. Seafarers International Research Center (SIRC)–ILO 2003/ ITF Women Seafarers’ Meeting-- shows women seafarers worldwide are on: Ferry- 68%, Cruise- 26% and Cargo- 6%. In the Philippines, Manila Bulletin reports 14 January 2016, that MAAP has produced the first C/E in Nina Sue Da Silva after passing the licensure exams with Capt. Jasmine Labarda and Capt. Ruth Olambre of Montenegro Shipping. The POEA Databank and Network Division records that in 2010, Filipino women Officers account only for a measly 0.93% over-all, women ratings 5.52%. From 2006-2010, women seafarers on Passenger Ships, Ratings account for 6% and Officers at 1%. This confirms majority of women on board still occupy traditional positions and perform stereotypical roles in passenger ships, e.g. housekeeping, entertainment and reception duties.
Challenges ahead. The minute number of women seafarers on navigation duties is attributed to the limited opportunities given on board. Our respondents mention the negative impressions of shipping companies on pregnancy or “jumpship” (aborted apprenticeship of some female cadets). They develop aversion – if not have totally shut off -- from accepting female cadets. How to attract women into the seafaring profession needs to be addressed. These factors will impact as well on providing support mechanisms to them to stay focused in the profession. At the Singapore Conference, the need to have an environment conducive to women seafarers was emphasized in the areas of recruitment, retention and promotion. It was also noted that preparation in seafaring should start from school, providing them tools to cope with the physical, emotional and psychological demands on board. These are coupled with the multi-cultural and the predominantly male environment they will face. Successful integration of women seafarers is dependent on an environment with enlightened and committed leadership and community on and off shore. Shipping managers may consider these guidance in ensuring a gender-sensitive environment for women seafarers who crew ships:
I. STRONG, EXPLICIT COMPANY POLICIES.
Gender inclusive workplace is of paramount importance; should permeate
all areas. Gender inclusive policies and programs must be proactively supported by senior management and clearly defined, particularly on: 1. Recruitment and Placement 2. Employment and Promotion 3. Training and Development A. GENDER SENSITIVITY. Policies may include, but are not limited to: 1. Statement of purpose and policy 2. Code of conduct 3. Gender mainstreaming strategies and programs B. RECRUITMENT & PLACEMENT. Establish sound recruitment and placement policy Define recruitment targets for women Allow women to sit in recruitment and placement teams Make use of gender-inclusive in promotional materials Use other forms of media advertisements Provide feedbacks and track women applicants for policy making / decisions C. EMPLOYMENT & PROMOTION. Presence of fair and clearly stated remuneration policy Provide for reasonable maternity/ paternity/childcare leave policies
D. TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT.
III. AFFINITY GROUPS/ NETWORKS
Provision for equal access to training and learning opportunities
Provide opportunities for women to network
Implement buddy system, mentoring, and job shadowing programs
Partner with other organizations to enhance gender-inclusive programs
Document and monitor progress E. WELL-BEING/FAMILY SUPPORT. Strengthen support for the wellbeing of seafarers through: 1. Access to psychological and emotional counseling 2. Conduct of health risk assessment Support the family-life of seafarers through: 1. Creation/establishment of family centers 2. Conduct of regular family conferences/events Facilitate shore leave, transit and repatriation II. INFRASTRUCTURE/ FACILITIES PER MLC PROVISIONS
IV. WOMEN CAMPAIGNS & INITIATIVES Partner/collaborate with schools in all levels 1. Raise awareness about the maritime industry 2. Promote careers in maritime 3. Broaden the pool of future women seafarers Award scholarship grants and/or cadetship program to women Honor/recognize outstanding women in maritime Celebrate women’s events, International Women’s Day, the likes V. ENGAGING THE METRICS. • Regular assessment of company’s commitment to gender-inclusive workplace
For appropriate accommodation and facilities
• Inclusion of gender-related targets in quality assurance process
For sanitary supplies and their discreet disposal
• Development of feedback mechanisms to improve gender programs
For communication technologies Consider women’s physique on work clothes/personal protective equipment (PPE)
• Practice of collecting/presenting sexdisaggregated data for info/research • Development of tools for assessment, monitoring and evaluation of gender programs
Formulate unbiased policies and standards on promotion MARINO WORLD
AMOSUP INFO CARAVAN 2016 All are ship-shaped for the first AMOSUP Info-Caravan and Forum 2016! This is at 8 Anchors Cultural Center, Seamen’s Village, Dasmariňas City, Cavite, scheduled June 30th. AMOSUP is the Associated Marine Officers’ and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines, the largest of such union in the world, numbering over 100,000 and continuously growing. ‘This is part of our effort to spread awareness and bridge the information gap between the union, the government and the seafarers,’ says AMOSUP President Conrado F. Oca. The Caravan also honors tripartism championed by his father and AMOSUP founder, the late Capt. Gregorio S. Oca. The one-day event will primarily update members of AMOSUP benefits and services. It will also lay current: •
The Maritime Labor Convention 2006, the seafarers’ bill of rights
The Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) 2010 compliance by the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA); and
The anti-bullying guidelines by
the International Trade Federation (ITF).
(ICS) and the Intl Transport Worker’s Federation (ITF).
The information caravan is free but exclusive to union members, their families, or their representatives. Organized by Seafarer Asia, the project will run through the cities of Cebu, IloIlo, and Davao.
ITF Director General Steve Cotton says, “Bullying and harassment in the workplace are unacceptable wherever they happen – but they have a particular horror at sea, where those affected may be isolated and alone…
MARINA and STCW.
Until now there has been a lack of practical common sense guidelines and we’re delighted that we have been able to work side by side with the ICS to address this need.”
The transition period ends in 2017 and MARINA seems to have fully accomplished obligations as the allencompassing maritime administration. The Code had major revisions on new trainings and requirements for maritime safety, security, and anti-pollution that every seafarer needs to be aware of; the info caravan aims to update them on what is happening back home. ITF on Anti-bullying. In 2012, the infamous coal ferry Sage Sagittarius, dubbed Death Ship, shook the maritime world with cases of bullying and gun smuggling on top of three claimed ‘self fault’ deaths of the crew. Eliminate this hazard onboard with the new anti-bullying guidelines developed by the Intl Chamber of Shipping
MLC updates. In February 2006, the International Labor Organisation (ILO) adopted the MLC 2006 dubbed as the Seafarers’ Bill of Rights. It protects the world’s 1.5 million seafarers; in 2012, the Philippines ratified the MLC as the 30th country to reach the minimum requirement for the Convention to be in force. By August 2013, the Code has been for strict compliance by the Port State Control even in countries that have not ratified yet. Under the MLC, crewcentered attributes onboard is under tight scrutiny including common malaises, crew fatigue and rest hours.
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INT’L SEAFARER WELFARE SHORTLIST Eyes are focused on June 24th when winners will be selected for the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) Awards. Launched November 2015 and nominations closed February 8th, a shortlist has been released. Ceremonies geared at historical Manila Hotel in the Philippines. The awards are for companies and organisations which have offered seafarers the highest standard in services and facilities. Candidates are nominated by seafarers to say thank you to those who have made a difference in their lives; to raise awareness of their needs. Nominees. Seafarers’ Centre of the Year (sponsored by Wrist Ship Supply): Stella Maris,
Barcelona, Spain; MTS Busan, South Korea; Stella Maris, Mackay-Hay Point, Australia; Port Arthur Intl Seafarers Center, USA; MTS Townsville, Australia; MTS, Victoria- Australia Shipping Company of the Year (sponsored by Garrets): Anglo-Eastern Ship Management; Carnival Cruise Lines; MF Shipping; P&O Cruises; Seaspan Ship Management Port of the Year: Port of Bremerhaven, Germany; Brunsbuttel Ports GmbH, Germany; Port of Kandla, India; Copenhagen Malmo Port AB, Sweden/ Denmark; The Port of Singapore Dr. Dierk Lindemann Welfare Personality of the Year, Organisation (sponsored by The Intl Chamber of Shipping): AMOSUP; Humans At Sea;
Hunterlink Dr. Dierk Lindemann Welfare Personality of the Year, Individual (sponsored by The Intl Chamber of Shipping): Pst Joseph Chacko (India); Howard Drysdale (UK); Rev Stephen Miller (East Asia); Maike Puchert (Germany); Fr Edward Pracz (Poland); Roger Stone (UK) ISWAN Executive Director Roger Harris says, “We are delighted to be able to hold the 2016 awards’ ceremony in the Philippines, where a large number of the world’s seafarers are from. Congratulations to the shortlisted candidates who have all demonstrated their great commitment to improving the lives of seafarers.” IMO Secretary General Mr. Kitack Lim
“ Candidates are nominated by seafarers to say thank you to those who have made a difference in their lives; to raise awareness of their needs. ” will present the honors. Around 300 representatives from shipping companies, unions and welfare organisations are expected. It is a night of celebration, as well as an opportunity to raise the profile of seafarers’ welfare. The Lindemann is named after Dr. Dierk Lindemann who was instrumental in the adoption of the MLC in 2006 while serving as Managing Director of the German Ship owners’ Association and spokesperson at the ILO. Awards are funded by The ITF Seafarers Trust, Inmarsat and Crewtoo, also supported by the ILO, IMO, ICS, ICMA, Wrist Ship Supply and Garrets.
President of WISTA, Vice Chair of ICS; Kuba Szymanski- Secretary General of InterManager; Andy Winbow- former Assistant Secretary-General and Director of IMO Maritime Safety Division. •
More details are posted at www. seafarerswelfareawards.org. Ms. Caitlin Vaughan may share more at caitlin. firstname.lastname@example.org. Benchmark. The ITF Seafarers’ Trust has been supporting seafarers for over 30 years. Over US$200-miliion has been spent on projects in 106 countries and 550 ports. It is a grant-making UK registered charity for organisations which do the front line work of supporting seafarers. Recent grants have focused on communication facilities, transport, assistance to seafarers and their families who have been victims of piracy attacks and rights violations. Criteria and judges for the 2016 awards: •
Port of the Year- that has achieved the most in the provision of and access to high quality welfare services and facilities for seafarers: Karin Orsel- CEO of MF Shipping,
Shipping Company of the Yearthe shipping or ship management company that has strived to provide the highest quality welfare services for seafarers: Masamichi Morooka, ICS Chairman; Helen Sampson – Director of Seafarers’ Intl Research Centre, and Jacqueline Smith, ITF Maritime Coordinator. Seafarers’ Centre of the Year- that has offered the highest quality welfare services for visiting seafarers: Father Bruno Ciceri, ICMA Chairman; Kimberly Karlshoej- Head of the ITF Seafarers’ Trust, and Robert Kledal, CEO of Wrist Ship Supply. Dr. Dierk Lindemann Welfare Personality of the Year- the individual who has made an outstanding contribution to seafarers’ welfare: Chairman Morooka; Rose George- author of Deep Sea and Foreign Going: Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry that Brings You 90% of Everything; Per Gullestrup, ISWAN Chairman.
seafarers.” ‘At Sea For All’ On top, ISWAN holds At Sea For All, celebrating the Day of the Seafarers adopting the IMO theme for this global project. Free admission, expecting on June 25th about two thousand seafarers with their families at the SMX Center by Manila Bay and its sunset colors. Principal Guest of Honor is IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim. There will be a Health and Wellbeing Zone, with volunteer counselors, free health checks, and health information. The Children/Family Zone features face painting, bouncing castle and a Monster Art booth. Stage shows present cultural performances, zumba exercises, films and free packed lunch for all attendees. Prizes and give-away shower the whole day, with activities like the selfie wall, raffles and current market spiels from a range of exhibitors. Register at http://dayoftheseafarer.org/. Bring along your seamen’s book on the day.
Director Harris says, “We are honoured that eleven experts from the maritime industry could join our four panels this year. Each judge contributes specialist knowledge to their panel, as well as a firm commitment to improving the welfare of MARINO WORLD
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JX OCEAN MEDICAL MISSION JX Ocean continues with its community reach-out, this time with a medical mission at Barangay Pulambato, Bogo City, near the northern tip of the Cebu mainland. In cooperation with the Ponciano C. Marquez (PCM) Foundation, JX Ocean rendered free health services at the SM Cares Community Center. This facility was built for public access and JX Ocean was a primary donor. A team of doctors, dentists, nurses and volunteers served 518 adults and children, giving pediatric, ophthalmologic, dental and other medical services. Free, including the medicine. Medical professionals were provided by Sagrada Corazon Medical Center, Micah Medical Clinic and Sanda Diagnostic Clinic. Senior executives
from the JX Group of Companies joined the mission and established rapport with the beneficiaries, local folks and town officials. The Japanese panel included Director Osamu Hasako Director, Senior VP-JX Ocean, Capt Yoshiaki Tomoi, Managing DirectorNew Ocean Ship Management and Capt Tsuoshi Ikenaga, JX Ocean-Labor Group Manager and representative of the Manila Management office. Mr. Hasako received for JX Ocean a Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Bogo; Mr. Ericson M. Marquez was also honored with a Certificate for the PCM Foundation (as he also represents Virjen Shipping).
JX Ocean’s continuous assistance is a testament of loyalty to its Filipino crew and partners in its maritime operations spanning over four decades in the Philippines. It was the former Nissho Shipping, a pioneer foreign employer of local seafarers for the oceans of the world, in tandem with Virjen Shipping and Grace Marine and Shipping for 44 years. And going, stronger.
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IMarEST Manila The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) has taken a firm stake in Manila by opening a branch office here.
at the very core of what the IMarEST stands for, and this is hugely exciting news both for the IMarEST and for the Philippines.
IMarEST, a leading global body for marine professionals, has expanded to directly service members in the area. The launch was at the Associated Marine Officers’ and Seamen’s Union (AMOSUP) conference hall in Intramuros, Manila, last 21st April.
Providing world-leading access to technical content, networks, and delivering this through a new local branch in Manila will boost the learning and development of Filipino seafarers.”
It was held during a joint maritime technical forum on the theme, Safety of Life at Sea. At the same time, the branch held its inaugural general membership assembly. Around 100 people took part, many signing a pledge to support the Institute in Manila. David Kelly, Director for Asia Pacific, comments, “Supporting the professional development of marine professionals is
Kelly claims of about 1,000 members in the Philippines. He expressed gratitude for the support MAAP, singling out VAdm Santos and Dr Angelica Baylon who both “worked tirelessly to support this initiative as an additional development opportunity for the region.” IMarEST is the first Institute to bring together marine engineers, scientists and technologists into one multi-disciplinary, professional body. It is the largest marine organisation of its kind with a
membership of 18,000 based in 128 countries. Working with the global marine community, the IMarEST promotes the scientific development of marine engineering, science and technology, providing opportunities for the exchange of ideas and practices, and upholding the status, standards and expertise of marine professionals. The Institute has a program to support the professional development of seafarers by mapping Class One Certificates of Competency (unlimited) and Master Mariner Certificates to a Chartered Status qualification. Seafarers with such certificates may join as full members (MIMarEST). More information may be gathered from http:// www.imarest.org/signupcoc.