Seafarers

AMOSUP announces increase in seafarers’ pay

Published by rudy Date posted on December 22, 2021

IN what could be considered a reward for braving the pandemic and, in many instances, for serving onboard their ships beyond their contracts, seafarers in over 9,000 ships worldwide will enjoy a 4.5 percent increase in wages and compensation over two years starting January 1, 2022.

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Filipino seafarer exposes illegal activities of manning agency

Published by rudy Date posted on September 29, 2021

By Yashika F. Torib, 29 Sep 2021 A Filipino seafarer who remains stranded in Fiji, New Zealand has exposed the illegal activities of the manning agency that sent them overseas and eventually abandoned them without pay.

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PH’s seafarer deployment now at almost pre-pandemic level, POEA says

Published by rudy Date posted on June 25, 2021

By CNN Philippines Staff, 25 Jun 2021 Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 25) — The country’s seafarer deployment is slowly returning to pre-pandemic levels, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration said Friday.

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Despite the efforts of trade unions and NGOs, seafarer abandonment is on the rise

Published by rudy Date posted on June 25, 2021

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Coronavirus makes ‘modern slaves’ of ship crews, UN told

Published by rudy Date posted on September 25, 2020

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400,000 seafarers stuck at sea as crew change crisis deepens

Published by rudy Date posted on September 25, 2020

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Imagine being stranded at sea for 18 months. That’s still the reality for many seafarers amid COVID-19

Published by rudy Date posted on September 21, 2020

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Cruise operators rehire Filipino seafarers

Published by rudy Date posted on August 17, 2020

by Rudy Santos (The Philippine Star), 17 Aug 2020 MANILA, Philippines — More than a thousand Filipino seafarers have been recalled by foreign cruise line operators that will resume sailing to Europe and Mediterranean itineraries, but thousands more still have to wait another two to three months due to travel restrictions in other countries.

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‘I think I will commit suicide’: Cargo ship workers have been trapped at sea for months because of COVID-19, banned from ports, and predict ‘anarchy’ if things don’t change

Published by rudy Date posted on August 3, 2020

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‘My world stopped spinning’ – life on hold for millions of Philippine migrant workers

Published by rudy Date posted on July 23, 2020

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ILO welcomes COVID-19 seafarers’ rights agreement

Published by rudy Date posted on July 9, 2020

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UN must sway govts to avoid ‘humanitarian disaster’: shipping industry

Published by rudy Date posted on May 25, 2020

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Marina: Unemployment looms for seafarers

Published by rudy Date posted on May 13, 2020

By YASHIKA F. TORIB, 13 May 2020 The Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) anticipates a slowdown in the deployment of seafarers, even if the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) is lifted, due to global shipping downturn.

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nCoV could spell trouble for Pinoy cruise ship crews

Published by rudy Date posted on February 10, 2020

By Raffy Ayeng, Manila Times, 10 Feb 2020 Filipino crewmen on cruise ships could soon be feeling the fallout from the the 2019 Novel coronavirus (2019nCov) outbreak.

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POEA lifts ban on Pinoy seafarers to Middle East

Published by rudy Date posted on February 9, 2020

by Sheila Crisostomo (The Philippine Star), 9 Feb 2020 MANILA, Philippines — Filipino seafarers may now go to the Middle Eastern states following the partial lifting of the total deployment ban to Kuwait, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) announced yesterday.

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PH seafarers need lifeline or sink amid global rivals

Published by rudy Date posted on July 13, 2019

by Mikkah F. Factor, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Jul 13, 2019 PH seafarers need lifeline or sink amid global rivals The Philippines remains among the world’s top sources of seafarers, but its maritime industry is at an alarming ebb.

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Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers

Published by rudy Date posted on September 9, 2017

BY BRENDA V. PIMENTEL, Manila Times, Sep 9, 2017 House Bill (HB) No. 5685 entitled “Instituting the Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers” impresses me as an initiative of translating into national law the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC 2006), which the Philippines ratified about five years back. The convention embodies up-to-date standards of existing international…

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Union complains of Filipino-crewed ship working in Canada

Published by rudy Date posted on November 26, 2016

INQUIRER.net US Bureau, November 26, 2016 SAN FRANCISCO – A controversy is brewing in Victoria over the presence in Canadian waters of a ship crewed by ten British officers and 29 Filipino seafarers.

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Filipino sailors on Greek ships will be fine – TUCP

Published by rudy Date posted on July 5, 2015

MANILA – Filipino sailors on dollar-earning Greek ships will be fine, relatively unaffected by the crisis in Greece, the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) said in a news release Sunday.

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POEA Governing Board issues new guidelines defining high risk areas and benefits due to seafarers

Published by rudy Date posted on September 30, 2014

From the Department of Labor and Employment Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, chairman of the Governing Board of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), announced that the Board has issued a resolution adopting guidelines on the limits of high-risk areas and benefits due to seafarers that apply to the Internationally-Recognized Transit Corridor (IRTC) within…

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Remittances from Pinoy sailors seen hitting $5.5B this year

Published by rudy Date posted on August 29, 2014

Filipino sailors on board foreign merchant ships are likely to send home by bank transfers a record $5.5 billion this year, mainly on account of increased deployment to Europe, the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) said on Friday.

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DFA obtains European reprieve for Filipino seafarers

Published by rudy Date posted on May 8, 2014

From the Department of Foreign Affairs The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed that the European Commission Directorate General for Mobility and Transport (DGMOVE) acted favorably on the department’s request for additional time, which would allow the Philippines’ Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) to implement structural and policy changes to meet regulatory standards set by the…

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ILO body adopts new minimum monthly wage for seafarers

Published by rudy Date posted on February 28, 2014

The mechanism is the only one in the ILO for setting the basic wage for any industry.

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Will our seafaring countrymen be spared?

Published by rudy Date posted on February 27, 2014

As the country awaits the audit results of the influential European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) on the employment fate of our Filipino officers assigned to man European vessels, here now is much-delayed news from our esteemed colleagues in Congress.

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Senate OKs bill seeking to secure jobs of Pinoy seafarers

Published by rudy Date posted on February 11, 2014

The Senate on Monday approved a bill seeking to avert the possible blacklisting of some 80,000 Filipino seafarers from vessels from the European Union (EU), the same day the House of Representatives approved on third reading a counterpart bill.

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EMSA reviews Phl compliance with maritime rules

Published by rudy Date posted on October 13, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – Representatives of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) are in the country to reassess the Philippines’ compliance with the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) for Seafarers Convention.

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FEATURE | Preventing seafaring dreams from turning into nightmares

Published by rudy Date posted on August 22, 2013

MANILA – Being a seafarer was a childhood dream for Alex de La Cruz. He was raised in the southern part of the Philippines, where most of his neighbors and relatives were working as seafarers.

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FOR 460,000 FILIPINO SEAMEN | ‘International bill of rights for seafarers’ enters into force

Published by rudy Date posted on August 22, 2013

MANILA – Good news for the Filipino seafarers who comprise about a third of the global maritime fleet: the Maritime Labor Convention 2006, which commits stakeholders to ensure decent work for seamen and level playing field for shipowners, has entered into force for the Philippines.

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No room for a second flunk

Published by rudy Date posted on July 4, 2013

Because the Philippines had flunked the first time, a second time would have dire consequences. We’re talking here about the second audit made by the European Maritime Safety Administration (EMSA) last April on the reported deficiencies of the Philippines on the international Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW).

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80,000 seafarers face job loss

Published by rudy Date posted on June 12, 2013

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. is seeking “vigorous and sustainable reforms” in the maritime industry for the Philippines to pass the European Union safety audit in October and be able to save the jobs of Filipino seafarers boarding European Union-flagged commercial vessels.

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