Ship chandler says captains, crew help pirates carry out attacks on ships

The publication Daily Trend reported yesterday that Nigerian Licensed Ship Chandlers Association President Dr. Martin Enebeli revealed that attacks on ships on the country’s waters have increased significantly due to over 10,000 seafarers left unemployed after the Nigerian Navy clamped down on local shipowners and killing their businesses. Dr. Enebeli  said more than 200 indigenous ships […]

875 foreign ships changed crew in 4 Ph ports – DOTr

In President Duterte’s Address to the Nation, Secretary Tugade reported that over 14,000 seafarers had disembarked or joined their ships in the ports of Manila, Capinpin in Bataan, Subic Freeport and Cebu. In addition to these, the secretary also announced that the one stop shop (OSS) centers that the department had setup in three airports:  Clark, […]

DOLE pivots on DOLE AKAP program

In yesterday’s [email protected] forum, International Labor Affairs Bureau (ILAB) Director Alice Visperas explained that OFWs would still have to apply to be able to avail themselves of the cash aid under the DOLE-AKAP program. “Sa pamamagitan po ng online application ng OWWA, mag-a-apply na po sila (OFWs) online habang nasa ibang bansa pa sila bago […]

OWWA will continue to pay returning seafarers’ food and hotels

During yesterday’s V Café@DOLE forum, OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac assured the manning community and recruitment agencies that government, through OWWA, would continue to pay for food and hotel accommodation of repatriated sea-based and land-based workers. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, who was also at the forum, said that OWWA would speed up payment to hotels […]

DOLE to give $200 or P10,000 cash aid to repatriated OFWs at the airport

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III announced this afternoon’s V Café@DOLE forum that the one-time cash aid would be given to repatriated OFWs as soon as they arrived at the airports. “Bakit pa natin hihintaying mag-apply sa atin ang OFW na beneficiaries ng AKAP?  We have the record; we know they are OFWs “Pagni-repatriate natin sila, ibig […]

Gov’t looks into reports of overpricing in Capinpin Port

Recent report published in newspapers and some were posted in Facebook claimed that the Bureau of Customs (BOC), Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ), Bureau of Immigration (BI) and other service providers are raking in income from so-called facilitations fees. Figures presented in these reports showed that costs related to crew change operations is higher by about […]

OSS-Manila lifts suspension of crew change operations

The OSS Secretariat has informed the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ), the Bureau of Immigration (BI), and the RT-PCR service provider, First Aide Diagnostics, that crew change operations should commence again today, November 2, 2020. In connection with this, the OSS at the Port of Manila has advised the BOQ, BI, First Aide Diagnostics, licensed manning […]

Vega Dream ready to sail again after thorough disinfection

The ship, owned and operated by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), was in the news recently after seven of its 20-man crew were tested positive for COVID-19 upon arriving at Port Hedland in Western Australia,. According to Magsaysay MOL Ship Management (MMSM), the ship manager of Vega Dream, the ship arrived in Manila with its 19 […]

All crew change operations suspended due to Typhoon Rolly

The typhoon, with international name Goni, is expected to hit Catanduanes in the morning, November 1, packing with winds of 250 kph and gustiness of up to 300 kph.  It is moving only at the speed of 23 kph. Because of the expected exceptionally strong typhoon, the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) has issued Advisory 2020-79 directing domestic […]