Saturday, July 27, 2019

Stakeholders Gears to Revive the Maritime Industry

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Various stakeholders of the maritime industry converged in the Manila Yacht Club yesterday to discuss about the problems of the dying seafaring industry. Among those concerns is our dwindling deployment of the Filipino seafarers, EMSA assessment, the country’s inclusion in the IMO whitelist and the Ambulance chasers.

During the meeting Mr. Miguel Angel Rocha, CEO of Cf Sharp Crew Management Inc., voices out their issue with ambulance chasers. According to him, some of their principals would like to come back here and rehire our seafarers however their only concern is that they cannot get fair justice from the trials against their seafarers who are filing cases against them with the encroachment of ambulance chasers.

This statement was agreed upon by the Joint Manning Group (JMG) who cited that that is exactly their principals’ dillema as well.

Meanwhile, PAMTCI President Karen Avila also speaks out in behalf of the training centers, their predicament that a lot of substandard training centers are not compliant with the requirements and are offering low-priced training fees cheaper than the actual cost of training. PAMTCI condemns the strictness against large training training centers that only complies with the requirements which is within the standards of the IMO STCW Convention.

She also took as an example the Basic Training (BT) which originally costs 5,500PHP but some training centers are offering it for only 2, 500PHP. She questions how are those training centers were able to do that. It can only be done when certificates are given even if the trainees are not attending the courses.

Also seconding about the compliance issue were the sector of maritime schools, wherein they pointed out the severity of regulation among major schools and yet no action were taken against the small substandard schools. None of those substandard schools were taken down and MARINA is not doing anything about it.

Each stakeholder in the meeting were suffering with the growing mess in the maritime industry, and they are now determined to do something against this troubles.

On the other hand, United Filipino Seafarers (UFS President) Engr. Nelson Ramirez, who also attended the meeting, was also pleased that finally he is no longer alone in fighting for the betterment of the country’s maritime and seafaring industry.

Ramirez pledges full support for the success of this great endeavor.

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