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Maersk’s regional HQ loses tax suit

Maersk’s regional HQ loses tax suit
December 07, 2014 http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=Corporate&title=maersks-...

THE COURT of Tax Appeals (CTA) dismissed a bid by the Philippine-based regional back office of the Maersk Group to collect from the Philippine government almost P8 million in tax refund, saying the latter failed to meet a necessary requisite to back its claim.

Shipping industry modifies clauses in contracts for Ebola risks

Shipping industry modifies clauses in contracts for Ebola risks
By Jonathan Saul Dec 16, 2014 http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/12/16/health-ebola-shipping-idUSL6N0...

LONDON, Dec 16 (Reuters) - Some of the shipping industry's biggest trade associations are modifying freight contracts to reduce commercial exposure for companies whose ships travel to countries affected by the Ebola outbreak and to protect crews from the deadly virus.

IACS develops new containership requirements in response to 'MOL Comfort' casualty

IACS develops new containership requirements post MOL Comfort
By Marcus Hand 15 December 2014 http://www.seatrade-global.com/news/asia/iacs-develops-new-containership...

IACS has developed two new unified requirements (URs) for containerships in response to the MOL Comfort casualty.

Following its council meeting in London last week IACS said two new URs had been developed after a report on a post MOL Comfort review carried out by the IACS expert group on structural safety of containerships.

Waves ram ferry against pier in Sibuyan Island

Waves ram ferry against pier in Sibuyan Island
December 14, 2014 http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/392520/news/regions/waves-ram-ferry...

A passenger ship ran aground at the port in Magdiwang town in Sibuyan Island, Romblon on Sunday, damaging part of the pier there.

According to a "News TV Live" report, MV Maria Querubin of Montenegro Shipping Lines was leaving Ambulong port in Sibuyan Island before noon when strong winds and waves pushed the ship against the pier.

Residents and the Philippine Coast Guard rescued the 62 passengers on board.

Shipping Industry Can Participate in Manpower Report

Shipping Industry Can Participate in Manpower Report
Michelle Howard December 09, 2014 http://www.marinelink.com/news/participate-industry381992.aspx

Since 1990, BIMCO and ICS have conducted a comprehensive survey of the world’s supply and demand of seafarers every five years. BIMCO and ICS are inviting the shipping industry to participate in the next Manpower Report.

Bangko Sentral: Seafarers remit US$4.7 billion from Jan-Oct 2014

Personal Remittances Hit US$2.5 Billion in October 2014; January?October Level Reaches US$22 Billion
12.15.2014 http://www.bsp.gov.ph/publications/media.asp?id=3621

More OFW households investing remittances

More OFW households investing remittances
By Raymund Luther B. Aquino December 14, 2014

MORE HOUSEHOLDS that receive remittances from Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) allocated portions of the inflows into savings and investments this quarter, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Consumer Expectations Survey (CES) released on Friday.

This development might be connected the spate of new investment products geared at OFWs, according to a central bank official.

Police seize cargo ship that hit tanker in Sundarbans

Police seize cargo ship that hit tanker in Sundarbans
2014-12-15 http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2014/12/15/police-seize-cargo-ship-that-h...

The cargo vessel that hit an oil tanker in the Sundarbans has been seized from Narayanganj.

Four of its crew have been arrested from the ship.

On Dec 9, the vessel 'MV Total' hit tanker 'OT Southern Star-7', which was carrying over 350,000 litres of furnace oil. The tanker sank and caused a massive oil spill in the rivers and canals of the Sundarbans.

At Astoria Anchorage: 'Filipino seamen are most numerous..phenomenal; they’re respectful, professional and polite'

Ships in Astoria’s anchorage generate jobs, dollars while waiting to head upriver
December 12, 2014 http://www.dailyastorian.com/20141212/ships-in-astorias-anchorage-genera...

Crews come ashore and visit local stores, restaurants and more.

ASTORIA — Ships drop more than just their anchors when they settle into the Astoria Anchorage, giving the economy a boost as crews hit dry land for supplies.

Exact numbers are hard to determine, but water taxi drivers say it’s a vibrant sector of the economy.

Panamanian ship 'M/V Victory Pacific' runs aground in Sarangani Bay

Panamanian ship runs aground in Sarangani Bay
12/13/2014 http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/regions/12/12/14/panamanian-ship-runs-...

GENERAL SANTOS CITY - A Panamanian cruise ship ran aground on the shore of Sarangani Bay on General Santos City on Friday noon.

M/V Victory Pacific was stranded around 150 meters away from the seaside in Barangay Bula, General Santos City. The area is inhabited by informal settlers.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) fears that the ship may be washed nearer to ground, which may affect the residents in the area.

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