February 28th, 2012 Revised Training Manual for Engine Seafarers Published

A new on board training book for engine ratings has been launched by the ISF which took into account the 2010 amendments to the IMO STCW Convention.

February 24th, 2012 International Maritime Leaders laud Seafaring Academy in the Philippines

Mariveles, Bataan, Philippines - One of the biggest Maritime schools in the Philippines recently received praises and applause in producing and molding young Filipinos into being a “globally competent professionals”.

January 31st, 2012 Changes in new ITF Standard Crew Contract Alters Seafarer’s Benefits

New amendments have been made to the ITF standard crew contract is set to significantly alter the basis for seafarers’ benefits including death, illness and disability compensation.

January 27th, 2012 New Curriculums in Philippine Maritime Training Now Underway

Manila, Philippines - Able Deck, Able Engine, Security Awareness Training, Security Training for Seafarers with Designated Security Duties, Advanced Training for Oil Tanker Cargo Operations, Basic Training for Oil and Chemical Tanker Cargo Operations and Electro-Technical Officer are among the newly revised courses that will be soon available in the Philippine Maritime Academy.

January 25th, 2012 President Aquino ratifies ILO Convention 185 and ensures safety of Filipino Seafarers

Manila, Philippines - The International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention 185 otherwise known as the Seafarers’ Identity Convention (2003) will finally be ratified by President Benigno S. Aquino III which aims to provide a uniform Seafarer’s Identity Document (SID).

January 5th, 2012 Philippines pushing for Maritime Education Improvements

Manila, Philippines– In order to sustain its current status as the premier provider of quality seafarers worldwide, the Philippine’s Commission on Higher Education is pushing for an upgrade in maritime education.

January 2nd, 2012 Firecrackers and other Filipino Practices for the New Year

Firecrackers can bring both joy and disaster, depending on what you value most. The Department of Health has announced that the tally for casualties and firecracker related incidents already reached over 150 cases days before the actual celebration of the New Year’s Eve.

December 27th, 2011 True spirit of Christmas experienced in some areas in the Philippines

Silent night turned into a night of terror in Southern most part of the Philippines, as tropical storm Washi swept live stocks, homes and lives as residents of the area was caught off-guard by the storm.