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ALL’S RIGHT WITH THE WORLD, EH? There is much to say of the year past; so much more for the coming one. We always bid the old year with pock-marked views; some satiated, the rest ungratified. That’s mostly on our confused priorities between wants and needs. That’s because food for the geese may be poison for the gander, as said.

grasp back for the shore. Conquerors from the West cultured our souls to their Faith. Imperialists from the North moulded our taste to their commerce. Even Expansionists from Asia took our youth trapped in Corregidor and Bataan. We even slash our wrist with corrupted politics because of poverty of body and of values.

the lessons. This is why we can open another window on Yolanda’s havoc. She is the great herald, not the writing on the wall. For Mankind is jolted back into charity, take China (claiming our seas), Taiwan (hunting our Coast Guard) and Hong Kong (hating our Police) --- all three hissing us but sending help and sympathies.

To be relevant, then, we must constrict our range. In our case, we receed to a Philippine-viewpoint: Yolanda and her gory trail. Death and desperation. Maimed nation, broken people.

In essence and in season, we calm down secured in the nobility of Man. My God is in heaven, all’s right with the world, eh?

Yet, as someone wrote, “head bloody but unbowed.”

But as Pinoys seem to be in a freefall, we stunned the work with People Power --- a bloodless coup to democracy. Much like as the world reeled with two global wars and a Cold War, Mankind united for Africa, for Haiti, for the Millennium Development Goal of the UN.

Yes, we have suffered calamities from Man and vengeance of Nature. We sunk but we bubble up; we ebbed but

We read events not in calendarity but in the nexus of effects. For we are not telling a story but learning from

And if Faith does not turn you on, just flick a smile with the patron saint of department stores, Santa Claus: Ho!Ho!Ho!




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Destruction and Death YOLANDA! Manning Houston Hurls Challenge V. Ships POMI Sets At Aseana City Government

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Words cannot capture the pain and pathos lashed out by Supertyphoon Yolanda at the heartland of the Visayas, the Philippines. 7



8th November, Year 2013. A date on thousands of epitaphs, on crosses at mass burial grounds. On pained lips of survivors; tears rolling. And hopes fading.

combined population of 2.3 million, and which experienced sustained winds of 270 kph, gusts of up to 312 kph, and a storm surge as high as 7 meters or 21 feet.

Hanging on to dear life, agonizing for missing ones, for lost ones. Loved ones, beneath debris of soil, steel and sand. Crashed on land, drowned at sea. Crushed in their own homes, drowned in their bedrooms.

Presidential Proclamation 682, of November 11th declared a State of National Calamity, affecting Samar, Leyte, Cebu, Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, and Palawan, where most of our seafarers and their families live.

November 8th, the Visayas slashed --east, west and central--- mortally, by Typhoon Yolanda, the worst in living memory of the world. The supertyphoon leveled anything off its path, trees and towers bowed flat, unnerved...

The National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council (NDRRMC) reports as of December 7, death toll stands at 5,798 with 1,779 persons missing and 26,233 injured.

The howler gained more power from waters between its landfalls. What its 250kph wind cannot destroy, its whipping rain enundates. And for the stubborn who still refuses to die, floors of ocean waters dumping shore rocks and sand in storm surges. All day into the night. Dreadful and dark, wet and cold. Fear gnawing the conscious, uncertainties amid cries for help and life.

An estimated 3.5M people became homeless when more than 500,000 homes were completely destroyed. Total estimated damage breached P24Billion. POEA monitor. By November 27th, 27 manning agencies report POEA 11,366 seafarer families affected by Yolanda. 1,655 with property damages. Two seafarers had lost their family members:

Now for the news.

Ryan Lydito Tolibas, aboard Cambria Colossus (Fleet Management Services) lost 11 of his family.

Yolanda has been called the most powerful storm to make landfall in recorded history. Worst hit provinces were Leyte and Eastern Samar, with a

Pericles Castillo, aboard Iblea, (Norteam Shipping Services) lost his father.


Overwhelming. But the world did not just wow and gaped. Governments and private people, artists and athletes --- seems humanity itself --- went on common course to help. And help big. Regardless the conflict with China and Taiwan and Hongkong. Be it the masters of our domestic helpers or fans of boxer Pacquiao or pop singer Jessica or theatre star, Lea. Whether we are the people power of democracy or soiled citizens of corrupted governance. Whatever. help poured in. The Department of Foreign Affairs has monitored more than 40 international donors that have pledged or have already sent assistance to support the relief and recovery operations. As of December 11, 2013, Foreign Aids Transparency Hub (FAITH) notes: Total foreign aid pledged: PHP 22,980,024,654.55 Pledges (cash): PHP 3,641,625,066.60 (USD 82,018,300.00) Pledges (non-cash): PHP 19,338,399,587.95 (USD 436,907,496.00)

YOLANDA! Received (cash): PHP 593,913,079.03 (USD 12,337,478.00 Mariners all. Noticeably, many of the countries which immediately responded are top flag registries where our seafarers are hired. Indeed, the overwhelming aid coming from different countries also reflects the stronger ties which were established by our Filipino seafarers. “The Philippines supply 30% of the merchant fleet with personnel, keeping ships and cargo running. We have come to depend upon these hearty and hard working mariners daily but now it is they that are in need of aid and our support,” calls an international volunteer organization via social media. International. Shipowner groups, unions, and welfare organizations are pulling together in response to the devastating effects of the super typhoon. Marino World has collated some of the early responses: The Norwegian government doubled direct emergency aid to the Philippines with another NOK 20 million in addition to an extra NOK 25 million granted to the United Nations’ relief program.

Reports say, Norway’s official aid up to NOK 65 million (more than USD 10 million) and Norwegians have been donating actively as well to humanitarian organizations. The Norwegian Red Cross reported “overwhelming” donations, after NOK 4 million poured in during the first 24 hours of fund-raising, and that amount had tripled by Monday night. The UK’s biggest employer of Filipino crew (Southampton based cruise ships operated by P&O Cruises and Cunard) has donated more than one million dollars to the appeal fund. Dutch ship owners donated Euro 100,000 and pledged Euro 250,000 to rebuilding Palompon Institute of Technology and rebuild in and around Palompon/Leyte. The Mission to Seafarers and Sailors Society are providing free phone cards, sims, and wifi to Filipino seafarers who visit their centres all over the world. The Seafarers’ Emergency Fund, administered by ISWAN, is providing funds for seafarer centres around the world to facilitate free phone calls and wifi for Filipino seafarers to call back home.

International Chamber of Shipping (ISF/ICS), the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), and the International Christian Maritime Association (ICMA). (As of press time, a Filipino-Canadian mercy mission is scheduled to visit Tacloban and some towns first week of January 2014, organized by civic leader Clemente Cabillan of Metropolitan Toronto, Ontario). Manning agencies have undertaken relief operations, backed up by the shipowners, executives, the seafarers and other stakeholders. Others cancelled Christmas parties to donate to relief operation. More heroism to tell as we count the dead and the dying. Plenty more Good Samaritans as we face rebuilding and reentering mainstream life, the dog-eatdog predatory world. But ample enough to proclaim again the noblesse in mankind, the bonding goodwill of humanity at the very core. In a gravely sadistic way, Typhoon Yolanda battered that magnanimity out in the open. That gift of discernment that separates Man from just mammals, to tell each and ourselves: Brothers, we are all brothers in nature, even not in faith.

ISWAN is helping to co-ordinate the response from organizations involved in seafarers’ welfare such as the International Shipping Federation/




The Coast Guard (PCG) Cebu District reports 50 maritime incidents in Leyte and Eastern Samar caused by typhoon Yolanda. The PCG Maritime Incident Monitoring Report (as of 07 800H December 2013) lists Barge Octagon 1 owned by Francis Lloyd Chua sunk off Barangay. Naungan, Ormoc City, Leyte.



Two barges with a total of 14 officers/ crew onboard have two survivors, Ramil Doroon (Chief Mate) and Rodney Matuguina (Apprentice Bousons). Two are reported dead and 10 still missing. Barge Regine, owned by Asian Shipping, took shelter off Barangay. Tampong, Southern Leyte. Its anchor line snapped and the barge washed to

the shore. No casualty was reported of the eight crews onboard. Barge Vicente Uno, owned by Vicente Lao, was whipped 100 meters from shoreline at the Vicinity of Barangay Sto. Ni単o, Quinapondon, Eastern Samar. It is scheduled for survey before retraction. Filing of marine protest on process; no casualty reported.


ONE FOR THE BOOKS Yolanda blew ships far inland away from shore and water. Three agencies may be passing the buck on which shall take on the mess: Coast Guard, MARINA or LTO? The great expense and expertise demanded to haul off the deadweight make it rational to just refurbish it into a museum. But it may well be a haunted house given the unretrieved bodies which decay permeate the area. Who shall answer adverse claims? Shipowners? Shipmanagers? Insurers? Shotgun suits filed where? Executive agencies, Courts? Force majeure may be chipped in but litigation lawyers can find the arguments. What are lawyers for? Tomi Elegance is yet to be included in the PCG Maritime Incident Monitoring Report as of 07 800H December 2013; also a ship owned by Roble Shipping which was grounded on the shoreline.

SEA PORTS BACK TO NORMAL Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) claims port operations have all returned to normal, barely two weeks after the wrath of super typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda). In fact, on the second day after the typhoon made its first landfall, the PPA opened the Port of Tacloban, although its operations were confined to receiving relief cargoes in break-bulk and not in containers mainly because the arrastre operator’s cargo-handling equipment were immobilized. In a report to its Board, GM Juan C. Sta. Ana stresses that it is always empirical for the Authority to make sure that port operations continue in order not to disrupt the movement of goods immediately after, if not during, the storm or any calamity. “Despite limited operations owing to the damage to equipment, ports were opened immediately after Yolanda,” Sta. Ana explains. “Our ports are now ready to accept containerized and break-bulk cargoes

including Ro-Ro operations,” Sta. Ana assures.

to help in the delivery of relief goods to the troubled areas.

The ports that resumed normal operations include the baseport of Tacloban, Ormoc as well as the terminal ports in Baybay, Hilongos, Maasin in Leyte, Culasi in Iloilo and Coron in Palawan. Estancia in Iloilo has partial operations while Guiuan is limited to beaching.

Led by Liner Shipping Association and the Interisland Shipping Association, they have dedicated vessels to carry relief goods bound for Tacloban, Ormoc and other areas such as Coron and Puerto Princesa in Palawan.

All relief missions are now coursed through Bulan Port while Matnog Port handles commercial trucks, buses and passengers resulting to faster turnaround. The once 8-km queue of vehicles at Matnog was reduced to about a kilometer and shortening. Enter the dragons. Among the vessels calling at the port after the typhoon are operated by Gothong Southern, Meridian and Roble Shipping. Big commercial vessel operators have heeded to the call of the Government

Philippine Span Asia Carrier (formerly Sulpicio Lines) has deployed one of its vessels to carry relief goods via Cebu from Manila. Lorenzo Shipping, owned by Magsaysay Transport and Logistics, likewise deployed one of its vessels to Cebu carrying relief goods for Red Cross, PBSP, DSWD and other relief items for other non-government organizations. The vessel is also carrying 15 TEUs of bottled drinking water. Finally, Oceanic Container Lines will deploy its vessel from Manila to Ormoc, Coron and Puerto Princesa.



NSA’s Jorgen Vatne and Pal Tangen accept AMOSUP plaque.



act is, the Norwegian community here and abroad were among the first to come to the rescue by providing much needed relief and assistance to victims in several areas destroyed by killer typhoon Yolanda. Capt. Blom tells Marino World how the mission was undertaken; what fuels the humanitarian effort, what gives thereafter. Sympathy. The captain opens with, “My relationship with Filipino seafarers is the reason why I’m here. I started to sail with Filipino seafarers in 2002. Prior to that, I worked with Filipinos when I boarded vessels in Norway as a naval pilot. I like working with the Filipinos and that was one of the main reasons why I started working in Grieg Star Shipping; my previous company. All their vessels are manned by Filipinos, 100% Filipinos from top to bottom.” July 2012, Blom started his leadership as the Managing Director of the Norwegian Training Center-Manila (NTC-M), established by the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association (NSA) 24 years ago to provide upgrading training for Filipino seafarers on ships of its members. “The Yolanda tragedy is much worse than anything else that I have been involved in because of the number of people. Millions have lost their homes, thousands have lost lives. “It is surrealistic here in Manila walking around blue skies, nice weather knowing that not so far away, thousands of people are suffering.



T/S Kapitan Oca. Sunday November 10th when information regarding the tragedy hit us all and I was thinking; “What can I do to help? And then I realized, I have a vessel, I have 170 young cadets on-board, we can do something…” Every year in November, NTC-M charters Kapitan Oca for a month to give cadets an introduction to seaman’s life before going on-board vessels of different principals. “I called on-board to ask the captain to check with AMOSUP if it was ok for them if we could use the vessel in relief operations because that is outside our charter party with them. AMOSUP was gracious and readily granted us permission to use the vessel in relief operations. Thus, with the Norwegian Training Center’s initial donation of one million pesos in goods, NTC-M spearheaded the relief operations -- twice to Tacloban and once to Coron.” Fingers crossed. The captain presents a brave front but it was no picnic loading the vessel with enough relief goods. He pitched a million pesos in goods from NTC-M and the employees cancelled their Christmas party and donated another Php750,000.00, but the vessel still had space. He rallied PNBC members and his personal contacts and a few emails requesting donations of goods dropped at shipside for onward voyage to the target disaster areas. That was Sunday and till Tuesday, shipside was silent. But by Wednesday, things exploded, a beehive of rush-rush to load water, food, items, and more direly-needed goods.

Departure was even delayed for having to load so much goodwill items. The Philippine Norwegian Business Council, Royal Norwegian Embassy and Norwegian Shipowners Association actively participated. More than 100 companies, organizations and individuals also donated. In total, 600 tons of relief goods and material aids were delivered via T/S Kapitan Oca including those from government agencies (DSWD, DOH, DOE and Red Cross). Clockwork. Cadets onboard have packed additional 10,000 - 12,000 family packs. Relief operations were initiated Sunday evening and the vessel sailed Wednesday morning; fully loaded. At the start, relief goods were sent to NTC-M as drop-off point, but due to the huge amount of goods, donors were requested to drop off directly to the shipside. Time is essential, people were suffering, thus 24-hour continuous loading was carried out by the cadets. The operation would not be possible without the donors, cadets, AMOSUP, the crew and the organization “Making Change”. Also, the critical assistance of Congressman Jesulito Manalo (ANGKLA) with his direct link and cooperation with DOTC & DILG made this operation a success. Assessment. coordination. After a meeting with NTC-M officers on Monday, November 11, Norway’s Making Change Mr. William Hovland, an ex-army officer, helicoptered to Tacloban City with colleagues.

“I know it will take time to recover, that’s why it’s important that we continue to help. ” - Capt. Erik Blom

“Due to reports of looting and shooting in the streets, his mission was to establish a bridge head to make sure that they could take Kapitan Felix Oca safely alongside. The cadets on-board are my responsibility and we needed to make sure nothing would happen to them. The bridge head was established in close cooperation with DILG, police, coastguard, army and harbor authorities. “As we departed Manila, nothing was clear, we had a plan, but plans must be changed as situation dictates, we had to sort things out underway, and we had a back up plans should we not be able to reach Tacloban. All the way it was very good cooperation between us and the government officials. We didn’t just come in and drop the relief goods in the quayside and leave again. We make sure relief end up in the barangays. I know we succeeded because we actually took part in distributing the goods”. Military precision. Who is Erik Blom who planned and captained the mercy mission? Firstly, Master Mariner Erik Freberg Blom is a soft-heart-man steeled with military instinct. He is from Horten, Norway, born 1959. His professional log: • • • •

Safety & Quality Manager Grieg Shipping, Bergen, Norway Director Maritime Services, Grieg Logistics, Bergen Norway Captain, Fred Olsen Cruise lines, Ipswich UK Operation Manager for Wilson EuroCarriers, Bergen Norway

Honed in people skill, Blom is a multitasker, with military precision:



• • • • •

Commanding Officer (Master) Norwegian Coastguard Andenes and Nordkapp. Navigation officer the Royal Yacht “Norge” Licensed naval pilot West Coast Norway. Commanding officer Fast patrol boats (FPB). Submarine officer.

“They deserve some appreciation regarding what they have done.” These cadets felt the tremor in Cebu that shook Bohol. Right after, they boarded for the first time in their life a vessel for the uncertainties of the mercy mission to Tacloban. But in return, they have experienced more in a month than a regular seafarer will experience in a lifetime and this has honed them to become first class officers in the future.

And educated in the various disciplines:


Lower law degree from University of Bergen

Naval staff college from Norway and Germany Naval Academy in Bergen, Norway

“I can see there’s a lot who are trying to get out of Tacloban and Leyte. I don’t think that’s a good idea. It’s better to rebuild the community and help because it’s vital that everything gets back to normal as soon as possible. Farmers and fishermen can’t just leave; I know it will take time to recover that’s why it’s important that we continue to help.

He relinquished commission as Commander in 1994, quite a rank from sub lieutenant in 1981. Appreciation. AMOSUP awarded a plaque of appreciation to NSA in simple ceremonies as part of the program of the FilipinoNorwegian Maritime Forum held November 29 at the AMOSUP convention hall. In the same program, NSA and the Norwegian Maritime Union donated P150,000 to the SOS Children’s Village in Tacloban with 135 wards in its care. This Village is a private, non-political, non-denominational organization providing long-term family-based care and education to children in need. Honoring cadets. Captain Blom plans recognition ceremonies soon for the 340 cadets, mostly from the University of Cebu, who have been on-board for the whole relief missions.

As the ship berths. “Our charter has now come to an end so we have returned the vessel to AMOSUP. In addition to my actual budget, we have spent $ 90,0000 in the relief operations on top of the 1 Million Pesos initial donation of NTC-M and the Php750,000 Christmas party budget which was willingly donated by our employees.” Leader in goodwill. Yes, Captain Blom. Marino World believes you have lighted a torch of heart and there will be worthy bearers of kindred souls, of your kindness. You are a leader in goodwill, even if faceless to the thousands you have helped in tandem with kind-hearted people. There are thank yous yet unspoken to you. But there are more prayers spoken for you. May your tribe increase!

PCGA Commo. Dante La. Jimenez leads Mariner’s Tabang Mission to fight hopelessness.

Mariners’Mission Tabang T

hree Bicol student campuses are teaming up under Mission Tabang (Visayan word for help) to assist victims of Yolanda. The effort is led by The Mariners System composed of Mariners’ Polytechnic Colleges in Naga City, Mariners’ Polytechnic Colleges Foundation in Canaman, Camarines Sur and Legazpi City. The administration, students, faculty and staff of three campuses donated, collected and repacked the relief goods ready for distribution. The Mariners System also partnered with the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) Bulacan Chapter, the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Bulacan, Center for People Empowerment in Governance (CenPEG), the University of the Philippines, Regina Shipping Lines (RSL) with Mayor Peter Cua of Catanduanes Maynilad Water, Coast Guard (PCG-Bicol), Volunteer Against Crime and Corruption (VACC), Kalayag Foundation, UGOP Waraynon, PCGABicol, Legazpi City through Mayor Noel Rosal, and Allen, Northern Samar through Mayor Suan.

Mission Tabang, in November 24 to 27, distributed relief items and rendered medical services in Balangkayan, Quinapordan, Giporlos, Balangiga and Lawaan.

help in clearing and cleaning operations of the NMP-Tacloban from December 6 to 9. Relief goods were also distributed to NMP and other areas in Southern Samar. )

Tabang-Eastern Samar had a 20-vehicle convoy with five truckloads of relief items and medicine, four water tankers, three ambulances, two buses for the volunteers, one gasoline tanker and five cars.

Established in 1978 at a 17-hectare parcel in Cabalawan, Tacloban City. NMP is a DOLE agency at the forefront of government efforts to upgrade the seafaring skills of Filipino merchant marine officers and ratings.

Of the 157 volunteers, 100 came from the PMA and LGU Bulacan, the rest from the Mariners System.

NMP conducts specialization and upgrading courses in accordance with international and national maritime education and training standards.

Based on a post evaluation, the group shall recommend relocation of communities facing the coast of the Pacific Ocean vulnerable to storm surges. Rebuild NMP. Marino World has learned Commo. Dante Jimenez has sent chain text massages, while on site, to maritime stakeholders appealing to revitalize the National Maritime Polytechnic which was 85% damaged. (A second Tabang Mission was done by some 100 NSTP students volunteered to

It conducts competency assessment for merchant marine officers as well as deck and engine ratings. It researches and studies on the latest maritime technologies and other related matters. Equipment destroyed includes multimillion peso simulators and life saving equipment. The Association of Maritime Training Centers (PAMTCI) where NMP is a member of, cancelled its Christmas party and donated P150,000 to NMP, instead.



CREWCARE LIFTS THE FALLEN True to its name, Crewcare feels so deeply for seafarers; indeed, even as fellowmen whipped to their knees by supertyphoon Yolanda. Led by President Josephine Roldan, the company went full force -- cadets, seafarers, employees, seamen’s wives, families and relatives -- by donating cash and goods; then time and effort in the preparation of the relief goods for delivery to where most needed. Crewcare offices in Manila doubled as drop off point and repacking area for volunteers. Ms. Roldan was visually relieved to confirm no casualty from their crew. This she learns firsthand for immediately reaching out to their seafarers who might be affected by the heavy rain, howling wind and storm surges of Yolanda. Crewcare mans 25 all-Filipino crew ships of different types. It provides qualified, certified and medicallyfit seafarers. They comply, even exceed, national and international standards. Not surprisingly, they consistently and continuously meet requirements of customers. Its corporate social responsibility may be felt in projects like community outreach, feeding program, medical and dental mission. Noticeably, these Crewcare CSRs are actively participated in by its seamen’s wives associations in Manila and Cebu.


Pres Jo Roldan at the center

Capt. and Mrs. Abilo handing over their donation for Yolanda victims.



apital Ship Management Greece thru its manning agent Capital Shipmanning Philippines, Inc. released P100,000 for the victims of super typhoon Yolanda. The goodwill gesture was extended through the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA). The conduit PCGA is a maritime nongovernment organization operates within ambit of the Department of Transportation and Communications, specifically within the Coast Guard. PCGA has been actively involved in search, rescue, retrieval, relief and rehabilitation operations as part of the regular coast guard personnel. The handover of the check was held at the office Capital Shipmanning Phils. President Capt. Alexander Abilo, Director Auxiliary Squadron of 119th CGAD NCRCL. Abilo adds Capital Ship Management also gave P30,000 support to each of its crew who were affected by the tragedy, The company has also partnered with other NGOs in relief operations such as Caritas Manila and Joint Manning Group. Other contributions. On June 26, last year, CEO Evangelos Marinakis of Capital Maritime & Trading offered €168,590 to buy back Greek bonds, valued at about €1.4 million, thus

joining Peter Nomikos’ initiative for a foundation, “Greece Debt Free” (GDF). On March 20, 2011, he donated $140,000 for the Japan earthquake relief fund. On February 10, 2010, 43 works of art were auctioned from the personal collection of Mr. Marinakis. Proceeds of more than 400,000 Euros were donated to “Together for Children”, a union of 10 Non Profit Greek Organisations. On 25 January, 2010 he donated 30,000 Euros at the Radiomarathon of UNICEF for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Nature-friendly. Since 2009, Capital Ship Management has sponsored reforestation and recycling initiatives as well as environmental education projects to materialize its environmentally sensitive activities, Capital teamed up with Greek media Skai Group, a national tv and radio stations, and publishing house. As shipmanager. Capital operates 52 vessels, including 36 tankers (3 VLCCs, 5 Suezmaxes, 1 Aframax, 27 MR/Handy product tankers), 4 modern bulk carriers (1 Capesize, 1 Supramax, 2 Handy) and 12 container carriers. The fleet includes the vessels of Nasdaq-listed Capital Product Partners.

The Company offers services in every aspect of ship management including: safety and technical management, claims & insurance, bunkering, vetting preparation and attendance, risk assessment, newbuilding design and supervision, IT services, accounting, financial management and other administrative functions, as well as inhouse human resources management, such as crewing and personnel training with state-of-the-art technology. The ice class fleet managed by Capital is one of the largest in the world. Its vessels have traded at Vysotsk, Primorsk, St. Petersburg, Quebec, Three Rivers, Montreal, Vitino, Jinzhou, Slavyanka under severe winters. The quality of the Capital Ship Management services and its excellent ‘HSSE’ (health, safety, security and environmental) operating record was highlighted when Capital was selected as “Tanker Company of the Year 2009” at the annual Lloyd’s List Greek Shipping Awards. Capital vessels were also repeatedly selected in the BP Shipping Top Performing Vessels over 140 within the BP Partners fleet which evaluates performance based on ‘HSSE’ concerns, speed and consumption, vessel availability, pumping performance, trading approvals and port performance criteria.



To Filipino Mariners

HOUSTON HURLS CHALLENGE “We want you to be senior officers!” Thus, exhorts Mideast Shipmanagement President Robert Houston, a direct challenge to Filipinos perceived as lacking confidence to aspire for higher posts. Mr. Houston hurled the challenge during the open forum of the Centennial Transmarine (CTI) - Mideast Annual Junior Officer’s Conference held December 11-13 at the Hyatt Hotel and Casino, Manila. “My job is to make sure that in 10, 15, 20 year-time there are sufficient senior officers to man our ships... So all you guys, cadets, junior officers, I’m telling you, you better get in and move on.


I don’t understand why people will sit here and say I’m happy at 4,000 dollars a month for eight in a year. Maybe a good standard of living in the Philippines. Why would you be happy with that when you can get 10,000 dollars a month, every single month, and you only have 6 months in a year... look at what it could do with your family.

with Filipinos for almost 40 years; as he shares the moments with Marino World.

Believe me, it’s ambition first, confidence will come. You must have the ambition to go farther,” stresses Houston.

“I’ve done nothing else. I went to sea when I was 19 then I left the sea when I was 34 as a chief engineer. I loved being at sea, the best job I’ve ever had, absolutely.”

Well-grounded. His appeal is well-informed given that President Houston had been working

Hired at just over 16, Houston went to sea at 19 as an engineer cadet. He was Chief Engineer for five years, then Superintendent ashore. He was a managing Director of Anglo Eastern in the U.K., before he joined Mideast in 2007.

Growing. “Shipping in general is still the best. For Mideast we’re doing very well,” affirms

“Believe me, it’s ambition first, confidence will come. You must have the ambition to go farther.” - Mideast Pres. Houston Houston. Mideast Shipmanagement is the in-house ship manager of The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) which owns a fleet of 23 chemical carriers through its subsidiary the National Chemical Carriers (NCC) established in partnership with SABIC and has become one of the largest companies of the world in this field. Synergy. “We have 43 ships; by mid-year about 70 ships; by 2020, over a hundred as Mideast grows. It is buying Vela, the shipping arm of Saudi Aramco, to merge operations with Mideast shipmanagement taking 20 ships and their management, people and all and bring them all to Mideast.” In 1984 Vela International Marine was established as a subsidiary of Saudi Aramco to provide marine transportation for Saudi Aramco crude oil. A small Vela team ran the company then from within Saudi Aramco’s Dhahran headquarters. The company acquired four mid1970s-built large crude oil tankers. As a matter of expediency, the vessels’ technical management was outsourced to independent third-party ship managers. Vela is now a fully integrated, shipowning and operating company with the experience, expertise, systems and ships to fully meet the needs of Saudi Aramco and to be a leader within the international tanker industry. Cadet Program. “Our eyes have always been to get young cadets, train them to be the next senior officers and that is starting to happen. I think we grow above 50 this year. And hopefully it will grow, we need more as the company grows,” details the president.

Mideast is sponsoring cadets from University of Cebu, John B Lacson Maritime University and Davao Merchant Marine Academy. All-Filipino crew. Mideast has all-Filipino crew in its bulker fleet. The number grows as it has a pool of young, promising crew. The firm has 34 nationalities within, by far, Filipinos are a majority. “The emphasis on them is they have an opportunity. To be whatever they want to be. There’s no discrimination anymore. It used to be European senior officers, Filipino crew. And the Filipino crew would never progress. That’s change. Master, Chief Engineer and then ashore as superintendent, there’s nothing to stop them anymore,” Houston tells Marino World. Take heart. “Don’t be afraid, take the responsibility. If you look back, it is the Filipino junior officers, second officer, and third engineer and that was that. They didn’t want to go any higher, to take the responsibility. They were quite happy with the money they earn. But today why should a young guy, a young Filipino not become a captain? chief engineer? And earn lots of money? A master and a chief engineer on a VLCC, has 4 months on, 4 months off. He works six months of the year and gets a good wage. That should be the aim, that should be the ambition. Real, big dollars. Mideast is investing over a million dollars a year for training. “It’s a serious investment but it pays off. We still have accidents but touched well. We have no major incidents for six years. We’ve been very lucky but that is because of the people on board. I don’t run the ships from the office. The master and chief engineer run the ship.

We guide them, we help them as much as we can but they’re still the people who make the decisions on board on the ships. And that decision be it right or be it wrong --- we are successful or not, hopefully its always right,” says Houston. Candor and candid. At the same open forum, seafarers expressed why it is difficult for them to become senior officers: renewal of STCW certificates to upgrade their licenses. Number one is the cost of the training fees, transportation, food and accommodation since most of them are from the provinces. Houston says the management will look into it and consider company financial support for their STCW training requirements. Bottom line. “This is a great opportunity for us to speak to them and also for them to speak to us. We try and tell them what we want to do for the company, where we hope to go. And they got chance to tell what we are doing right, and what may be wrong. We listen to the people. The most challenging, always the same: It’s people, finding good people. Once you found the good people, you try to create a culture where all people are happy at their work. You try to have an open dialogue with everyone.” All rolled-up, it is a corporate policy of openness and dialogue; it is an executive mark of Mr. Houston to reach whoever is willing to express sentiments: “My door is always open, anyone can come and speak to me, anything. There’s no rules and regulations on that anybody in the office, anybody at sea can pick up the phone and call me.”


FSI Pres. Brown

CTI-Mideast Junior Officers’ Conference



ideast Shipmanagement recaps the year with Centennial Transmarine (CTI), its manning agent, in a comprehensive course on resource management, so important to reduce accidents onboard ships. Dubbed “More Emphasis on Maritime Resource Management,” the conference was held on December 11-13 at the Hyatt Hotel and Casino, Manila. More than 60 junior officers including deck and engine cadets participated. The course. On the first day, Flightdeck Safety Initiatives (FSI) Founder and President Patrick Brown tackled the maritime resource management course applying


the Crew Resource Management (CRM) which he developed. FSI is a global provider of customdesigned safety training and educational systems based on “Lessons from the Flightdeck” for high risk industries to assist in making workplaces safer, more efficient and better places to work. Brown acknowledges the Mideast effort to balance the technical with human skills by pointing up resource management course. The training course includes comprehensive case studies and interactive group activities. “Mr. Brown is one of the best presenters, taking what he learned in aviation and adapting it to maritime. But we have to

follow that up onboard ships; we have to make sure that the messages keep getting sent across the people,” underscores Robert Houston, president of Mideast Shipmanagement. Safety culture. Mr. Houston confirms they have been commissioning Mr. Brown for four years; this, his second to handle the course in the Philippines and it will continue. Why an aviation expert on maritime safety? “The airline industry has a very high profile, very public – and has cut accidents by 80% since the 1970’s. They’ve obviously done something right.


“Mr. Brown is one of the best presenters, taking what he learned in aviation and adapting it to maritime.” - Mideast Pres. Houston (In maritime) I think we’ve got a long way to go. We still have too many accidents, we still have too many ships going aground, far too many seafarers dying every year. We have to learn from any industry that can teach us. We’ll learn from anyone with good ideas. We just have to find them well and adopt them.” Observations. “Maritime has too many accidents. Even in the Philippines alone, many ferries sink every year and kill hundreds. That’s not international shipping but just coastal shipping where many seafarers die. The problem in this type of accidents is not being broadcast worldwide.

If an airplane crashes and kills 10, that’s worldwide news. If a ship sinks in the Pacific Ocean with 25 people but it’s not a European Union, nor an American ship, nobody cares. It’s not broadcasted.” Other topics. On the Second Day, Maritime Labor Convention 2006 was discussed by Mr. Hilbert Manalo, surveyor of Lloyd’s Register of Asia; crew injury and illness by Nr. Richard Webbe, divisional director of Brittania Steamline Ship Insurance Association; and technical familiarizations by Mr. Jorge Maristela, training officer of European Training and Competence Center and Mr. Rick Hartley, President of RJH Consultancy.

On hand. The conference was capped with an open forum led by President Houston. Also present to answer and react are Fleet Personnel Manager Mark Buchanan, Marine Manager and CSO Anup Kumar Khan and Training Manager Luka Amizic. From CTI are President Eduardo Jabla and Chief Operating Officer Capt. Jeffrey Solon. Year 2013 bows out in a very positive bang with this pivotal conference. Corporate policy was clearly stated, all for the staff safety, crew development and higher industry standards. And there’s no crimping dollars nor efforts to hasten and institutionalize these humane and pragmatic goals.

CTI-Mideast Force








The holidays are in town, and cheers are all over the halls. Yes, and no guilt because these are after goodwill shared and commitments assured for Yolanda victims.



Children of Engr. Balbalan receive the award from DOLE Sec. Baldoz and OWWA Admin. Dimzon.

BALBALAN FAMILY BAGS MOFYA The family of Chief Engineer Alberto L. Balbalan receives the 2013 Model OFW Family of the Year Award (MOFYA) for the Seabased Category, National Level. The household is based in Ilocos Sur, Region l of the country.

vehicles for business. They also own two houses in Cainta, Rizal. At present, the Ursa Major Beach Resort and a water refilling station are managed by a son. Their two drugstores are managed by a daughter.

MOFYA is an annual event of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration. Winners are judged on strong family relations, adept handling of finances through investment and livelihood activities, educational and professional achievement of each family member, and positive impact to the community.

A major project of the Balbalans is the development into a Boracay of a beach front at Apatot, Ilocos Sur.

The MOFYA Recognition Night was held at the Philippine International Convention Center Multipurpose Hall on December 9, 2013. Senior government officials at the event include Senator Nancy Binay, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, OWWA Administrator Carmelita Dimzon and Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Chief Hans Leo Cacdac. They were joined in by representatives from the private sector.

Both families received P200,000 cash prizes.

Success Story. Alberto has been working as Chief Engineer from 1987 to present at Tide Water Marine International, a Singaporebased leading provider of larger Offshore Service Vessels to the global energy industry. The Balbalans now have a lovely home in Burgos, Ilocos Sur and a number of

Esmael M. Maulana and his Family won the National award for the Land-based Category. Maulana is an OFW for 30 years in Saudi Arabia.

Other awardees. Special awards for Outstanding Achievement in Entrepreneurship were given to OFWs Victoria Motril family from South Cotabato; for Outstanding Achievement in Community Projects to Loreto Soriano family from Pandacan, Manila. Regional winners in sea-based category are families: • • • • •

Capt. Edmundo M. Erispe, NCR Dante A. Corpuz . CAR Garcenis C. Licaros, Region. 2 Capt. Danilo D. Cruz, Region 3 Eduardo M. Quinto Region 4-A

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Andres S. Basilan, Region 4-B Chief Engr. Tirso R. Puray, Region 5 Roy C. Jolligon, Region 6 Capt. Reinerio J. Tiro, Region 7 Capt. Mateo M. Mecaydor, Region 8 Tomas N. Gelveleo, Region 9 2nd Officer Mario R. Patalinghug, Reg. 10 Rodolfo Q. San Pedro, Region 11 Lawrence S. Pogo, Region 12 Teofilo C. Picante, CARAGA, and Chruchieve S. Ansama ARMM.

In land-based category are the families of: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Marilou P. Dulnuan, CAR Segundino M. Revita, Region 1 Mario B. Bergonio, Region 2 Saturnino DC. Lumboy, Region 3 Ernesto C. Capili, Region 4-A Candelario L. Jano, Region 4-B Felicitas P. Bonggao, Region V Lucita B. Cataloctocan, Region VI Vernon F. Jaca Sr., Region 7 Demetrio B. Jumagdao, Region 8 Dr. Sathari H. Edding, Region IX Engr. Ramon B. Usaraga, Region 10 Marie Ann P. Uy, Region 11 Victoria A. Motril, Region 12, and Jim R. Lacia (CARAGA)



V. SHIPS POMI SETS AT ASEANA CITY The world’s largest ship manager, V.Ships, shows more solid relationship with Filipino seafarers through its manning agent, Pacific Ocean Marine (POMI). They will even relocate from Ermita, Manila, to posh Aseana City, a sprawling master-planned community along Roxas Boulevard and Manila Bay. “I would specifically like to say a big thank you to our staff and seafarers. Without their loyalty and hard work we would not have this wonderful opportunity. I hope that the facilities we will provide through our new office will further enhance this relationship and demonstrate to them all that V.Ships is willing to invest in them and the Philippines both in the short term and in the foreseeable future,” says V. Ships Commercial Manager Jamie Stewart. POMI was established in 1979 and multi-awarded as a manning agent. It


deploys seafarers to more than 350 ships of various types and sizes.

proposed new facility would at least match this offering.


With over 6,700 square meters, V.Ships POMI will occupy sixth to ninth floors and additional three shops at the ground floor.

“The current office in Manila has reached capacity which is now beginning to impact on the quantum of Filipino crew that we are able to supply to the fleet. The Manila office layout and its effectiveness as a recruitment facility require investment as it has been outgrown by the volume of crew. This is in sharp contrast to the competition which have purpose built new facilities in Manila. A new facility will improve the market position of V.Ships in the eyes of both clients and crew and help attract more seafarers. In addition, the existing training facilities need modernisation and additional space in the proposed new facility will allow training capabilities and service levels to be significantly improved. The competition has ‘one stop shops’ for seafarers with banking facilities, cadet accommodation and state of the art training facilities etc. The

POMI will be joined with its sistercompany North Sea Marine Services, a leader in providing crew for cruise lines, expedition vessels, river boats, and yachts. The location. Aseana Two BPO Building is inside Aseana City, along the coastal waters of Manila Bay bordering the cities of Pasay and Parañaque. About 204 hectares, Aseana has a frontage of 1.2 kilometers and a depth of 2 kilometers. “Location was a key factor when we were initially planning to move office. We needed to ensure that we were in an accessible area in order for our seafarers and staff to travel to the office without difficulties.

We also recognise that we needed to be in an area where our crewing competitors are present. We needed to remain within the market (close to Manila, Ermita etc). There is also a potential,” says Stewart.

BPO firms operate now at Aseana One office building; so with the Foreign Affairs passport center, medium-sized condominium developers. High net worth individuals have invested in Aseana City.

The Mall of Asia (MOA) has a large parking area, complemented by a public transport ‘Jeepney’ service. It is close to major roads (EDSA and Roxas Boulevard) enabling direct routes to the international airport for clients, guests and seafarers. The metro rail transit system is planned to extend to the area.


In addition, the company bus will be making scheduled stops at key landmarks to pick up seafarers and staff visiting the office.


Aseana City’s strategic location in the metropolis is a prime attraction. It is besides Manila the national capital and Makati, the financial center. It may well be a hub with two spindle infras: extension of LRT Line 1 from Baclaran to Bacoor, Cavite and the construction of an elevated expressway linking the South Luzon Expressway to NAIA Terminals I, II and III and the ManilaCavite Toll Expressway.

The new building in Aseana is under construction to be completed by September 2014. About three months are needed for the ‘Fit Out’ stage of the move. All things going well, December 2014 may complete the office relocation.

V. Ships Commercial Manager Mr. Jamie Stewart, POMI President Capt. Amador P. Servillon and General Manager Engr. Elmer Pulumbarit signed the agreement with Aseana Holdings (AHI) Managing Director Mr. Delfin Wenceslao witnessed by Pronove Tai & Associates (PT&A) President Monique Cornelio-Pronove at the board room of the Aseana Power Station, D. Macapagal Avenue, Aseana City, Paranaque City, followed by a groundbreaking ceremony on November 13. Inspired by the reclamation projects in Singapore and Hong Kong’s Chek

Lap Kok Airport, developer AHI uses the best reclamation technology so that Aseana City will withstand the test of time. It is also being masterplanned and managed to meet demands of a growing metropolis and a rapidly expanding economy. “Looking at recent statistics from the POEA on deployment of Filipino Seafarers it is clear that there is and will continue to be growth on the volume of on-board positions held by Filipino Crew. I do not envisage that this trend will change and we will see in the foreseeable future a consistent increase in Filipino Seafarers. I also believe that the reliance of ship owners/ship managers in Filipino manning will also continue to grow. V.Ships has viewed the Philippines not only as a ‘Crewing Capital’ but more as an emerging shipping industry hub in Asia to include prowess in Shipbuilding, Ship Management, Port Management, Ship Logistics and also some areas in Business Processing (accounts, IT etc). We hope that by investing in the Philippines we can cement our presence here for the foreseeable future and be part of this exciting period for the Maritime industry in the Philippines,” continues Mr. Stewart.

Sealing the MOA; POMI General Manager Pulumbarit, V. Ships Commercial Manager Stewart, AHI Managing Director Wencelao and POMI President Servillon.



PPA GM Juan C. Sta. Ana flanked by Shell Chair Edgar O. Chua (left) and ICTSI VP Christian Gonzalez after signing. Shell VP for Communications Roberto Kanapi (extreme left) and ICTSI Purchasing Director Antonio Coronel look on.


Agreement for Tacloban Port MANILA—The partnership to sustain the operation and eventually the rehabilitation of Tacloban Port was formally sealed by the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), Pilipinas Shell and International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI). The pact, which involves the donation of a P6 million worth of fuel to be used by ICTSI to operate the Tacloban Port, was

ICTSI new mobile harbor crane (MHC) to Tacloban.

signed by PPA General Manager Juan C. Sta. Ana, Pilipinas Shell Chair Edgar O. Chua and ICTSI vice president and Asia Operations Head Christian R. Gonzalez. Earlier, PPA has contracted ICTSI to operate Tacloban Port for a nominal one peso for at least six months or until cargo-handling operations of Tacloban is back to acceptable capacity.

“We all arrived at this agreement with relief and rehabilitation of Tacloban in mind,” Sta. Ana said. “This will greatly facilitate recovery not just of Tacloban Port but the entire City as well.” Shell’s Chua says they are very happy to be part of the project. “We hope to provide assistance to the area to spur the return of commerce with a fully functioning port.” ICTSI’s Gonzalez notes the agreement only emphasizes the 25-year partnership of ICTSI with the company and the strength of the Public-Private Partnership of government. “Shell’s support will go a long way and I thank the PPA and Shell for allowing us to join this endeavor,” Gonzalez stresses. Tacloban Port is slowly becoming the ‘relief and rehabilitation hub’ of the Leyte and Samar provinces after the Department of Social Welfare and Development closed its hubs in Manila to support the “food for work” project of the Government for the residents of the region to recover fast from the devastation of supertyphoon Yolanda. Tacloban port has been in full commercial operations after ICTSI completed the cargo-handling equipment that include a ship-to-shore crane, 12 forklifts of different sizes, seven generator sets to energize the terminal, six tower lights to support night operations, several units of reach stackers for mobility of cargo and an additional five pay loaders for clearing operations.



MOL CHARITY IN THE PHILIPPINES President and CEO Doris Magsaysay Ho.

committed to form a unit for relief efforts.

Held last November 16 at the Cuneta Astrodome, the charity event gathered 2,000 seafarers and their families.

Mr. Ashida keynotes his heartfelt sympathy to those affected by the super typhoon. He also handed over MOL’s donation of US$ 30,000 and reiterated the company’s commitment of conducting on-going measures to support relief efforts.

Through the years, MOL continues to deepen its ties with the families of its seafarers by holding family days. The company also contributes to communities through various activities.

Also present were MOL’s Chairman Akimitsu Ashida and Executive Officer Takaaki Inoue as well as A. Magsaysay’s Chairman Eduardo U. Manese and

MOL, together with its participating seafarers and their families, wished for the safety and swift recovery of those affected by Yolanda. The families also

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and Magsaysay MOL Marine held a charity event to support the survivors of Yolanda (international name, Haiyan), the super typhoon that devastated the Visayas region.

Magsaysay MOL Marine is an MOL seafarer manning company in Manila. It was jointly established in March, 1997by MOL and its partner in the Philippines, Magsaysay Maritime Corporation.

Offers Total Corporate Clout

PTC FLEXES FOR YOLANDA VICTIMS Philippine Transmarine Carriers (PTC) harnesses full corporate strength in response to Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) which hit the country last November 7 to 9, the strongest ever recorded by the world. PTC, through the support of its employees, crew, principals and residents of the Pacific Terraces Community and Pacific Terraces Community South, embarked on efforts to help families in the most affected

areas of Central and Western Visayas, as well as the regions of Mimaropa. To provide immediate aid, PTC worked with industry partners and other private volunteer groups to send relief goods to Leyte, Palawan and Eastern Samar donated by PTC and its foreign principals as well as employees, crew and PTC Community residents. The effort is ongoing to date.

Emergency Command Centers were established in the PTC Makati and Cebu offices to mobilize the relief operations. With the assistance crewing offices, a 24/7 Emergency Hotline was installed to initiate contact with PTC crew and allottees within the affected areas. It also bridges communication between onboard crew having difficulty contacting their families in the Visayas region and vice versa.






he Philippines was re-elected to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council during the 28th Regular Session of the IMO Assembly held on 29 November 2013 at the IMO Headquarters in London, United Kingdom. The IMO Assembly of 170 member states re-elected the Philippines to a seat at the IMO Council under Category “C” for the 2014-2015 biennium. The IMO is the United Nations specialized agency responsible for maritime safety, security and protection of marine environment. The Council serves as the Executive organ of the IMO responsible for overseeing the work of the Organization. Elected with the Philippines under Category “C” are: Australia, Bahamas, Belgium, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, and Turkey. Category C is for members with inherent interests in maritme transport or navigation to protect that special interest. In a statement delivered on behalf of DOTC Secretary Joseph Abaya before the IMO Assembly, MARINA Administrator Maximo Q. Mejia, Jr. stresses the unwavering commitment of the Philippines to the goals of the IMO: “The Philippines is a maritime nation. It is deeply committed to the goals of


the IMO, a commitment that is rooted not only in our being a state party to the Convention, but, in a very concrete manner, on the benefits that our people derive from the operation of safe and secure ships on clean oceans. We rely on the seas to connect our thousands of islands, and on its bounty for our food and our economy,” reads Dr. Mejia. As a seafaring nation, Mejia also reassures the international maritime community of the Philippine adherence to the conventions, rules and regulations set by the IMO and other international regulatory bodies. He says: “Being the source of more than a quarter of all seafarers on-board ships in the international trade is a position of great responsibility, and the Philippines reassures the international maritime community of its commitment to the letter and intent of the STCW Convention and to ensuring that the world’s ships are manned by able, competent, and qualified seafarers.” Mejia concludes by expressing the profound appreciation of the Philippine Government and the Filipino people to the IMO and its membership for the words of sympathy and the kind outpouring of support for the Philippines, particularly to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan: “It humbles us deeply that in our time of great need, the community of nations, represented in this hall, has responded swiftly and generously. And as we continue to heal from the destruction,

as we rebuild our bridges and our ports, and as we rise from this tremendous challenge, we look to your kind offer of support, your solidarity in our call for mitigation and adaptation in the light of climate change, and your commitment to sustainable development, to get us through.” Dr. Mejia acted as head of the delegation, joined in by Ambassador to England Enrique Manalo and Permanent Representative to IMO, U/Sec Nestor Mijares IV, NEDA Deputy Director General, Ms. Maria Fe Pangilinan, Deputy Permanent Representative to IMO, Ms. Lilybeth Deapera, Executive Director, Ocean Concerns Office, DFA, Ms. Emma Sarne. Also part are Alternate Permanent Representative to IMO, Mr. Voltaire Mauricio and Ms. Joan Lourdes Lavilla, Labor Attaché-London, Capt. Robert Patrimonio, Coast Guard AttachéLondon, Capt. Ike Enriquez and Asst. Engr. Tomas Carlos, Asst. GM-PPA, Mr. Hector E. Miole and District Manager, Atty. Leopoldo Biscocho Jr., Batangas Port Manager. From the private sector come Mr. Gerardo Borromeo (CEO, Philippine Transmarine Carriers), and Mr. Christopher Pastrana (CEO, Archipelago Philippine Ferries). Sec. Abaya was set to lead but had to cancel off to manage the logistical aspects of relief efforts on the devastation wrought by Typhoon Yolanda.


Project Balanghay major players: PTC CEO Borromeo, Secretary Luistro and Congressman Manalo.

Project Balanghay

TRIPARTITE SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS An education program for senior high school students was signed between three patrons, the Department of Education (DepEd), Philippine Transmarine Carriers (PTC) and Angkla Partylist (Angkla). To support DepEd’s senior high-school (SHS) program, a MoA was signed on Saturday, December 13, among the education agency, PTC and Angkla for Project Balanghay. The project is named after the wooden watercraft used by Filipinos during precolonial times. Project Balanghay is an SHS track to facilitate maritime education by training SHS students in the technical requisite to pursuing further studies or career opportunities in seafaring. Education Secretary Armin Luistro shared his enthusiasm for the project, the first of its kind to be signed into an agreement. “My hope is that this will be a model that could be replicated and shared with schools of quality,” says Bro. Luistro, FSC. In line with the K to 12 basic education reform, Project Balanghay will provide students an overview of the maritime industry, both local and international.

This is by acquainting them with shipmanagement systems and auditing through simulation, case studies, use of equipment and hands-on training.

traditions. My hope is that whatever program we will be implementing, it will be anchored—naka-angkla—in the Filipino spirit.”

Through the MoA, DepEd is set to approve programs of study and specialized instructors as proposed by the PTC. Initial implementation will commence once the DepEd and PTC have identified schools that can carry out the necessary preparation. Public high schools and private maritime institutes across the nation are set to be evaluated soon.

Angkla Party-list, which represents seafarers, will serve as the intermediary between PTC and the DepEd, ensuring both the learners and the maritime community benefit from the program.

Student candidates will be from passers of an evaluation based on international maritime standards composed of examinations and interviews. Once implemented, instruction will be in compliance with the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers Regulation 1/6, Training and Assessment. Luistro reminded everyone involved that while seafaring is an international career, the educational track should still be grounded on Filipino values. “While aiming for global standards, we sometimes forget our inherent Filipino cultures and

Rep. Jess Manalo assures his full assistance and pledges to the education agenda. He clarifies, “I can bring the corporate and the maritime sector to work hard and do their part. The sector can contribute its expertise, its passion, its exposure to global trade that can make a difference in the K to 12 program.” PTC Senior VP Ronald Enrile says there is a big need for Filipino seafarers: “Ninety percent of world trade is done through ships. There is a big opportunity in working onboard because the demand is never diminishing. Thus, the project not only aims to educate and present career options within the industry, but also to sustain the prominence of the Philippines as the leading supplier of maritime professionals around the world.”




by Ma. Cristina Ramos-Beltran

Atty. Ramos-Beltran is a member of the Bar since 2007, holds a master in Business, Corporate and Maritime Law from Erasmus University. Rotterdam, the Netherlands in 2010. She is a partner of the Ramos and Ramos law offices and an active Rotarian. Majority of the cases decided by the Philippine Supreme Court involving seafarers deal with death, disability and sickness benefits. Hence, I have decided to write about the commonly litigated like seafarer’s death compensable, benefits in work-related death.

death, the guiding principle is whether the death arose out of and in the course of employment. Thus, it is not enough that the seafarer dies during the term of his contract. The claimant (seafarer’s beneficiary) has the duty to show the causal connection between the seafarer’s death and his work; 2. Death caused by warlike activity while the ship is sailing within a declared war zone or war risk area is compensable; 3. If the seafarer dies during, or even after, the term of his contract as a result of an occupational disease, his death is compensable if all of the following conditions are satisfied: •

Work-related death.

The ‘Amended Standard Terms and Conditions Governing the Overseas Employment of Filipino Seafarers On-Board Ocean-Going Ships’ (POEA Contract) defines ‘work-related illness’ and ‘work-related injury’. However, no definition of ‘work-related’ death is provided. Following the definition of ‘work-related injury’, i.e., “injury arising out of and in the course of employment,” ‘work-related death’ may be defined as ‘death arising out of and in the course of employment.’ When death compensable.

Instead of providing for a definition of ‘work-related death’, the POEA Contract sets out rules to determine if the death of a seafarer is compensable or not: 1. If the seafarer dies during the term of his contract, the death must be work-related to be compensable. The question of whether the death of a seafarer is work-related or not has been a perennial issue in court cases. In resolving the issue of compensability of


The seafarer’s work must involve the risks described in Section 32-A as appertaining to the occupational disease that resulted in his death. If the death is caused by a disease not listed in Section 32-A, such disease is disputably presumed as ‘workrelated’ or occupational; The disease was contracted as a result of the seafarer’s exposure to the described risks; The disease was contracted within a period of exposure and under such other factors necessary to contract it; and, There was no notorious negligence on the part of the seafarer.

It is also important that the seafarer did not knowingly conceal a preexisting illness or condition in the Pre-Employment Medical Examination (PEME). Section 20(E) of the POEA Contract provides that such concealment disqualifies the seafarer/beneficiary from any compensation and benefits. It is, of course, the duty of the employer to prove that the seafarer had knowingly concealed a pre-existing illness or condition.

4. Death which is directly caused by sexually transmitted disease or arose from complications thereof is not compensable. 5. If the seafarer’s death is a result of his wilful or criminal act or intentional breach of his duties, his death is not compensable. However, it is the duty of the employer to prove that the seafarer’s death is attributable to the seafarer. Compensation and benefits.

If the seafarer’s death is compensable, what benefits his beneficiary can get? 1. In case of work-related death during the term of his contract, the beneficiary of the seafarer shall get whichever is higher between the benefits under the applicable CBA or the following: • •

US$50,000 US$7,000 for each child under 21 years of age, but not exceeding four (4) children • US$1000 for burial expenses and • All outstanding obligations due the seafarer under his contract, i.e., unpaid wages, earned leave pay, etc. These benefits shall be paid in Philippine currency at the exchange rate prevailing at the time of payment, not the exchange rate at the time of the incident or death. 2. Where the death of the seafarer is caused by warlike activity while sailing within a declared war zone or war risk area, the compensation payable shall be doubled. 3. The above benefits shall be on top of or in addition to Social Security System (SSS), Overseas Worker Welfare Administration (OWWA), Employee’s Compensation Commission (ECC), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth) and Pag-ibig Fund benefits which the seafarer is entitled to. 4. The employer shall also shoulder the cost of transporting the remains and


personal effects of the seafarer to the Philippines. But the employer is not obliged to cause the transport of the remains of the seafarer if such transport is prohibited by the law of the port or place where the death occurred. Death by warlike activity.

The POEA Contract states that the compensation payable shall be doubled if the death of the seafarer is caused by a warlike activity while sailing within

a declared war zone or war risk area. In case the benefits provided under the applicable CBA is higher than those benefits provided under the POEA Contract, the beneficiary of the seafarer shall get double the amount provided for in the CBA because Section 20(B)(2) of the POEA Contract is clear that what is to be doubled is the “compensation payable.” Of course, if the applicable CBA provides for a still higher amount in case of death caused by warlike activity, i.e., higher than the doubled

amount of compensation provided in such CBA in case of other work-related death, then the beneficiary of the seafarer shall receive that higher amount. To be entitled to the “doubled” amount, it must be shown that: (1) the seafarer’s death is caused by a warlike activity; and, (2) the seafarer dies while the ship is sailing within a declared war zone or war risk area. The POEA is the sole authority to determine whether the ship is within a war zone or war risk area.

Fair Taxation on Foreigners: CHINA URGED TO LEVEL FIELD Foreign ship owners are pressing the Chinese Government “… to continue its efforts to find a solution to the problems created by the application of Value Added Tax (VAT), since 1 August, to the transport and logistics services provided by ‘Wholly Foreign Owned Shipping Companies’.” The lobby has been opened to global perspective with the formal letter to the Chinese Minister of Finance of Mr. Masamichi Morooka, Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS). The problems exist because it is much harder for foreign shipping lines – as opposed to Chinese companies – to reclaim the 6% VAT (and a 0.8% VAT surcharge on ocean freight) that is now collected by shipping agencies in China, and so avoid passing this on to their overseas customers. The unintended consequence is that foreign carriers are being placed at a competitive disadvantage to Chinese shipping companies. Elsewhere. A major is that hundreds millions of dollars of shipping contracts with foreign shipowners that are normally concluded in China are now being concluded in other jurisdictions where the new VAT rules do not apply. ICS – over 80% of the world’s merchant fleet – has emphasised to the Ministry of Finance the great importance that is attached by the international shipping industry to the successful resolution of VAT issues that have been raised by foreign shipping companies which collectively transport a very significant proportion of China’s international trade. ICS Director of External Relations, Simon Bennett, explained: “The Chinese Government is deeply conscious of its commitments towards the maintenance of a ‘level playing field’ in maritime services, and has no wish for the new arrangements concerning the application of VAT to international shipping services to have a negative impact on the competitiveness of Chinese exports, the vast majority of which is carried by ships. We have therefore welcomed the positive indications that have been given by the Chinese authorities during recent meetings with foreign shipping company representatives in Beijing that steps are being taken to address those concerns.” He adds, “these issues are very complex and we recognise the major challenge for the State Administration of Taxation in trying to find a solution for international shipping that will be consistent with China’s broader objectives as it seeks to move towards a system of VAT in other parts of the Chinese economy.” The VAT. The application of VAT to transport and logistics services provided by ‘Wholly Foreign Owned Shipping Companies” was outlined in Chinese Circular ‘Cai Shui No 37’ on 24 May, with effect from 1 August 2013. ICS is the principal global trade association for commercial shipowners and operators. Its membership comprises national shipowners’ associations in 35 countries representing over 80% of the world merchant fleet at those international bodies which impact on shipping. This includes the United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO).






he International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has raised concerns with governments about preparations worldwide for issuing tens of thousands of seafarers with new certificates. This is for security-related training due by 1 January, as required by the 2010 amendments to the IMO Convention on Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW 2010). Chamber stand. In a written submission to IMO, ICS has suggested that IMO Member States might give an extended “grace period” with respect to Port State Control enforcement of the new certification required. STCW 2010, Regulation VI/6, stipulates mandatory minimum requirements for security-related instruction for all seafarers, which, where relevant – such as for Ship Security Officers as defined by the ISPS Code - requires certificates of proficiency to be issued by administrations to seafarers from 1 January 2014. Since the amendments were adopted, ICS has gone to great lengths to advise


shipping companies of the transitional measures for these new requirements. These are different to those concerning the transitional measures that apply to other changes introduced by STCW 2010 and which are being phased in between now and 2017. Too early. ICS is concerned that any certification that STCW requires governments to issue might not be fully in place by the 1 January deadline. Ships could potentially encounter difficulties during Port State Control inspections. ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe, explains, “We understand that the training and familiarisation required by STCW 2010 has only just recently been approved by some maritime administrations, whilst others may not yet even have these arrangements in place. This could present serious difficulties for companies that need to ensure that the seafarers they employ are trained and certificated as required by STCW 2010.” He adds, “For the most part this is really just a technicality since most existing seafarers have already undergone necessary levels of training

and instruction as required by the ISPS Code. Given that certification is entirely a government responsibility we think that a short delay in PSC enforcement can be justified.” At the mills. The ICS submission to IMO with respect to Port State Control enforcement of the new security training certification, has been made to the first session of the new IMO Sub-Committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping (HTW) which supersedes the STW Sub-Committee within the new IMO Committee Structure. The HTW SubCommittee will meet in the week of 17 February. More details. Advice to shipping companies about the STCW security training requirements is contained in the ISF Guidelines on the STCW Convention including the 2010 ‘Manila Amendments’ published in 2011. The ISPS Code is the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code, which is mandatory under the SOLAS Convention and was adopted in 2002 in response to the ‘9/11’ terrorist attacks.

For Maritime Research

ClassNK Teams Up With Maria Tsakos


wo global icons in their fields have teamed up for maritime research, environmental protection and others of common interest. These are the Maria Tsakos Foundation-International Center for Maritime Research and Tradition and ClassNK, a classification society operating worldwide. A signing ceremony was held at the Foundation’s headquarters in Athens last 29 November. ClassNK Chairman and President Noboru Ueda, and “Maria Tsakos” Foundation Chairman and IMO Secretary-General Emeritus Efthymios Mitropoulos sealed the MoU between the two parties. They were joined by distinguished guests including Captain PanagiotisTsakos, Founder of the Tsakos Group of Companies, Mr. V. Papageorgiou, Vice President of the Group and Dr. S. Krimizis, Chairman of the Foundation’s Scientific Council, among others. The Chios-based “Maria Tsakos” Foundation was founded in 2008 by the family of Captain Panagiotis N. Tsakos, one of Greece’s most renowned shipowning companies. The Foundation has grown as a leading maritime NGOs and philanthropic organizations in Greece; and is known internationally for its support to the maritime industry and seafarers.

ClassNK is one of the world’s leading classification societies, providing safety and certification services for more than 8,500 vessels, about over 20% tonnage of the world’s merchant fleet. The society is supporting the new study, consistent with its corporate commitment reflected on its earlier support for more than 250 joint maritime R&D projects since 2009. The first project under the co-operation scheme is a research study to improve seafarer health and welfare, largely financed by ClassNK. Code-named S.H.I.P.S. (Study on the Health Impact of air-Pollution in Ships) the project is to assess levels of exposure to ambient particles to establish whether they constitute a health hazard for ship crews, especially those working in the engine rooms, and to quantify any associated potential health risks. As part of the study, environmental fixed measurements and personal measurements are taken on-board 3 liquid cargo ships, 3 dry bulk cargo ships and 3 containerships. The project has two phases. First, a pilot study is underway to determine whether ambient air measurements of Particulate Matter (PM), Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs), reach

health hazardous levels. If that is the case, a second phase will determine specification and quantification of the associated health risks. First phase of the research is expected to be completed by end of 2014 and will provide a greater understanding of health risks by air pollution in engine rooms and help better ensure the safety of seafarers. Captain P. Tsakos warmly welcomed the Japanese delegation and expressed delight for the co-operation hammered out and his wish for a close and strong partnering for many years to come to the benefit of shipping and the seafarers. ClassNK Ueda highlighted the importance of the MariaTsakos Foundation’s work saying, “It is a great honor to be able to work together with one of the world’s leading maritime NGO’s to promote safer shipping and better conditions for seafarers. It is our hope that this project is only the first of many such collaborations.” This sentiment was echoed by Chairman Mitropoulos who thanked ClassNK for its contribution to safety and environmental protection and stressed that he was looking forward to working closely with ClassNK in the future.



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