Philippines News

16 Sep 2019

Tsuneishi Philippines Delivers First Boxship

Image: Tsuneishi Shipbuilding

Tsuneishi Shipbuilding has delivered its first containership newbuilding from its yard in the Cebu, the Philippines.The Philippines yard’s first container vessel, a 1,944 teu Bangkok Max sized ship was delivered on 10 September. The Bangkok Max is the largest size of vessel that can call the port of Bangkok, and the Tsuneishi design is larger than the standard 1,800 teu capacity."Standard Bangkok Max carriers can generally be loaded with about 1,800 20-FT containers, but our new carrier can be loaded with 1…

08 Sep 2019

Iran Seizes Vessel, Holds 12 Filipino crew

Iran's coast guard seized a vessel for allegedly smuggling fuel in the Gulf and detained its 12 crew members from the Philippines, the semi-official news agency ISNA reported.The vessel was carrying nearly 284,000 liters of diesel, the news agency said on Saturday.Iran, which has some of the world's cheapest fuel prices due to heavy state subsidies and the fall of its currency, has been fighting rampant fuel smuggling by land to neighboring countries and by sea to Gulf Arab states.It has frequently seized boats it says are being used for smuggling oil in the Gulf.(Reuters reporting by Dubai newsroom; Editing by Alexander Smith)

28 Aug 2019

Duterte Readies to Raise Ruling with China

A Chinese warship underway (file image: AdobeStock /  © Vanderwolfe)

When Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte visits China this week, he'll need to salvage something from a "pivot" to Beijing that has left him empty-handed, and exposed his neighbours to a new level of brinkmanship in the South China Sea.Despite his huge domestic popularity and great affection for China, Duterte is under growing pressure to push back at its growing maritime assertiveness. After avoiding the issue for three years, he has vowed to raise with President Xi Jinping a 2016…

22 Aug 2019

APAC Marine Coatings Market to Hit $12Bln in 2024

Pic: China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation

The marine coatings market demand by 2024 will rise exponentially driven by rapid surge in trade activities worldwide has led to increase demand from the shipbuilding sector.APAC marine coatings market valuation to hit $12Billion by 2024. According to International Marine Organization (IMO), over 90% of global trades are conducted via ships.Meanwhile, the International Transport Forum (ITF) Outlook 2019 estimates that the global freight volumes are likely to increase by 11% by…

20 Aug 2019

Wallem Bulker Rescues Indonesian Fishermen

Rescued fishermen and ISL Star crew (Photo: Wallem)

ISL Star, a bulk carrier managed by Wallem Group, together with the U.S. Coast Guard successfully retrieved a crew of eight Indonesian fishermen adrift for over a week after their boat lost power in the middle of the western Pacific.The Hallelujar, a 60ft Indonesian-flagged fishing vessel of wooden construction, had been adrift for 10 days when on August 13th the AMVER vessel ISL Star received a message from the U.S. Coast Guard that the crew on board was seeking immediate assistance.

14 Aug 2019

ICTSI Posts Strong H1

Hijo International Port Services, Inc., Philippines. Photo: ICTSI

Philippines-based international container terminal operator ICTSI has reported a massive increase in profit and a substantial increase in revenues for the first half of 2019.First half throughput rose 7% to 5.04 million teu and came on good revenues, leading to a 42% jump in net profit to $128.5 million, said a press release from the global port management company.ICTSI attributed its profit growth during the six-month period to  volume growth, tariff adjustments for certain services at multiple terminals…

13 Aug 2019

Brazil Addresses Biofouling

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Biodiversity can be threatened by organisms which can build up on ships' hulls and other marine structures, a process known as biofouling.A press note from International Maritime Organization (IMO) said that during a workshop in Arraial do Cabo, Brazil (5 August), experts on biofouling and invasive species and others took the first steps towards setting up a national task force to tackle the issue.According to the UN body, Brazil is one of 12 lead partnering countries in the GEF-UNDP-IMO GloFouling Partnerships project…

13 Aug 2019

Chinese Ship Returns to Vietnam's EEZ

A Chinese survey ship returned to Vietnam's exclusive economic zone off its coast on Tuesday, ship tracking data showed, less than a week after it left the area where vessels from the two countries were locked in a month-long standoff.The Haiyang Dizhi 8 first entered the zone under Chinese coast guard escort in July and appeared to conduct a seismic survey of waters that are a potential global flashpoint as the United States challenges China's maritime claims.The survey ship, which according to Vietnam left the area on Aug. 7, was now headed back to the zone under escort from at least two Chinese Coast Guard vessels, according to data from Marine Traffic…

08 Aug 2019

China Trade Data Calms Jittery Investors

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Stronger-than-expected Chinese export data helped push global stock markets higher on Thursday following a volatile week that had investors scrambling for safety on fears of a worldwide economic pullback.Investors were encouraged by data showing Chinese exports rose 3.3% in July from a year earlier, beating an expected decline of 2%. Chinese imports fell less than forecast, despite the U.S.-China trade war.Markets reacted sharply on Monday after China let its currency weaken beyond 7 yuan per dollar, a surprise move that investors took as retaliation for U.S.

05 Aug 2019

Death toll in capsized Philippine ferries climbs to 31

The death toll from the capsize of three Philippine ferries in bad weather rose to 31 on Sunday as rescuers found more bodies, a coast guard official said.The motorised, wooden-hulled boats were carrying a total 96 passengers and crew when harsh weather conditions caused the vessels to overturn off the central island of Guimaras and Iloilo provinces on Saturday.The search continues for three more people still missing, Philippine Coast Guard spokesman Commander Armand Balilo said. The rest of the crew and passengers were rescued.Disaster officials reported 11 deaths on Saturday.Balilo said a third ferry was not carrying passengers and…

30 Jul 2019

Vietnamese Fishermen Want Action Against China

A Vietnamese fishermen's group has called on the government to take stronger measures for the removal of a Chinese oil survey vessel that Vietnam accuses of violating its sovereignty in the South China Sea.Vietnamese and Chinese ships have been in a weeks-old standoff near an offshore oil block, the latest confrontation in waters that are a potential global flashpoint as the United States challenges China's sweeping maritime claims.The busy waterway will be high on the agenda this week as countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meet in Bangkok with foreign ministers from China, the United States and other powers.Vietnam…

28 Jul 2019

New Guidance on Abduction in Sulu-Celebes Seas

Map: ReCAAP ISC

The ReCAAP ISC has produced the “Guidance on Abduction of Crew in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and Waters off Eastern Sabah”.The guidance focuses on the incidents of abduction of crew from ships for ransom in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and in the waters off Eastern Sabah. It provides the guidance and analysis based on the information collected from past incidents in order to assist the shipping industry and ships to enhance their situation awareness and avoid such incidents.This guidance…

28 Jul 2019

ICTSI Manila Adds More Equipments

Pic: International Container Terminal Services, Inc.

The port and terminal operator International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI) said that  its flagship Manila International Container Terminal (MICT)  recently took delivery of another new quay crane (QC) and eight new hybrid rubber tired gantries (RTGs).According to a press release, the terminal has the largest fleet of modern container-handling equipment in the Philippines today with 18 QCs and 58 RTGs.Manufactured by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co. Ltd. (ZPMC), the QC is part of the five from ICTSI’s 2018 USD80-million capacity improvement program package.

27 Jul 2019

MOL’s LNG Pioneer Rescues 4 Castaways

Pic: MOL

Japanese shipping giant Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd (MOL) said that its liquefied natural gas (LNG)carrier LNG Pioneer safely rescued four castaways in the Pacific Ocean about 270km off Davao in the Island of Mindanao, the Philippines.The Bahamas-flagged LNG Pioneer was sailing off the coast of Davao Oriental province in the southern Philippines when it came across the distressed crew floating in the water aboard what was left of their fishing boat.The sequence of events was as follows:At 11:28 (all times in local time) on July 5…

26 Jul 2019

Interferry Charts a Course for Growth

Interferry CEO Mike Corrigan explains why the global trade association is poised to take its work to the next level.

Interferry CEO Mike Corrigan explains why the global trade association is poised to take its work to the next level.While I respect the mantra of cautious optimism, I can’t help feeling genuinely excited that 2019 could prove to be a milestone year in the continuing growth of Interferry’s influence as the global voice of the ferry industry. We’ve come a long way since our US origins in 1976 as what was essentially a networking movement, but developments in recent months already suggest we are on course for yet more enhancement of our present-day worldwide networking and lobbying relationships.

25 Jul 2019

NYK-Fil Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary

Waving company's flags by Delgado, chairman of TDG(left)and Kudo of NYK (right). Photo: NYK Line

NYK-Fil Ship Management, the provider of qualified Filipino seafarers to international-going vessels of NYK Line, held a ceremony in Manila to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the company’s establishment and the completion of a renovation of the head office.The NYK Group company said in a press release that The ceremony was attended by Yasumi Kudo, NYK senior adviser; J. Roberto C. Delgado, chairman of the Philippine-owned business group  Transnational Diversified Group (TDG);  Josephine J.

23 Jul 2019

Operator of Seized British Tanker Still Waiting to Visit Crew in Iran

The Swedish-based operator of the British-flagged tanker seized last week by Iran said on Tuesday it was still awaiting permission to visit the ship's 23 crew members."We continue to focus our efforts on supporting the families of those affected in India, Russia, Latvia and the Philippines and will continue to offer full support until all 23 crew members are released and safely back with their families," it said in a statement.Stena Bulk added that all necessary notifications had been made for the Stena Impero’s transit of the Strait of Hormuz, which it said was carried out in full compliance with all international maritime regulations."We can confirm that we are not aware of…

21 Jul 2019

Stena Bulk Asks to Visit Crew of Seized Tanker

Photo:Stena Bulk

The British operator of the tanker seized by Tehran, Stena Bulk, made a request on Sunday, July 21st, to visit the 23 crew members of the seized tanker Stena Impero, and is expecting a response from the Iranian government.A statement from the tanker operator quoted President and Chief Executive of Stena Bulk, Erik Hanell, as saying: “I can confirm a formal request for permission to visit the 23 crew members of the Stena Impero has been made to the authorities at the Port of Bandar Abbas.“The request has been acknowledged, but we await a formal response.

17 Jul 2019

MOL LNG Carrier Rescues Castaway

Map: MOL

Japanese shipowner Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) said that its liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier 'Energy Advance' rescued a castaway in the Pacific Ocean about 970km off Luzon Island in the Philippines.The vessel was underway from the port of Ogishima, Japan to Dampier, Australia on July 1 when it received a rescue request.The rescue assistance request was issued by the Guam Rescue Coordination Centre, it said.The LNG carrier rushed to the scene and at around 11:10 the same day…

14 Jul 2019

MOL Sets Terms of Green Bonds

Pic: MOL

Japanese shipping major Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), the first company in Japan to issue sustainability bonds aimed at individual investors, has revealed interest and investor details of its new JPY 20bn ($185.7 million) “sustainability bonds” to fund its latest green initiatives.The funds raised will be used for several purposes, including establishing a maritime academy in the Philippines and installation of environmentally friendly equipment or scrubbers on board its vessels. The new bonds will be offered to both institutional and individual investors.

12 Jul 2019

Mainstream Names Asia-Pacific Head

Photo: Mainstream Renewable Power

Irish wind and solar projects developer Mainstream Renewable Power has appointed Raghuram Natarajan chief executive of its Asia-Pacific business."This key appointment to the Group’s Leadership Team, based out of its newly opened regional headquarters in Singapore, comes ahead of significant expansion plans for the region," said a press release.Natarajan brings a decade and a half of senior leadership experience in the wind and solar industry across India, Thailand, the Philippines…

11 Jul 2019

Shipping Losses Lowest This Century as New Dangers Emerge

Captain Andrew Kinsey, Senior Risk Marine Consultant with Allianz Risk Consultant (ARC)

The Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty AGCS) Safety & Shipping Review 2019 provides a unique and in-depth look at the emerging risks facing international shipping stakeholders.Large shipping losses are now at their lowest level this century having declined by over 50% year-on-year, according to Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE’s (AGCS) Safety & Shipping Review 2019. The annual study analyzes reported shipping losses over 100 gross tons (GT). AGCS provides global marine and shipping insurance for all types of marine risk…

10 Jul 2019

IMO's Ghost Gear Initiative

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

International Maritime Organization (IMO) is working on best practices to prevent and reduce abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear."Abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear can continue to capture and kill marine animals and may cause navigational hazards – as well as contributing to the global marine litter problem," the UN body pointed out.IMO is working closely with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on reducing marine plastic litter from fishing vessels, including fishing gear, as part of the IMO Action Plan on the Reduction of Marine Plastic Litter.

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