Shipowners, whose P&I clubs and legal advisers have in recent years been called upon to sort out problems with Filipino crew claims pursued outside the Philippines, will doubtless welcome the news that an amended Philippines
Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Standard Crew Contract came into force
In its latest newsletter, the London P&I Club notes
that the amendments, which are expected to cut down the number of disputes, had been strongly resisted by seafaring unions, and that the Philippines supreme
court issued a restraining order last September preventing the use of the amended contract. But the same
court has now dismissed the previous action, leaving the way open for the new
contract to enter force.
Source: Maritime Advocate