Jan-April 2019: Pinoy seamen remit $0.6 billion, up 10.6 percent

OFW remittances hit $10.8B in Jan-April
MAYVELIN U. CARABALLO June 18, 2019 https://www.manilatimes.net/ofw-remittances-hit-10-8b-in-jan-april/571040/

MONEY sent home by overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) reached $10.811 billion in the first four months of 2019, a 3.7-percent increase from $10.426 billion in the same period last year, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported on Monday.

Batangas-bound argo ship catches fire in Recto Bank

Cargo ship catches fire in Recto Bank
DEMPSEY REYES AND RAFFY AYENG June 18, 2019 https://www.manilatimes.net/cargo-ship-catches-fire-in-recto-bank/571071/

A car-carrier vessel bound for Batangas has been on fire since late Saturday near Recto (Reed) Bank, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said on Monday.

Duterte breaks silence on sinking of PH boat: ‘It’s a little maritime accident’; Go unconvinced China ship purposedly hit PH boat

Duterte breaks silence on sinking of PH boat: ‘It’s a little maritime accident’
Nestor Corrales -June 17, 2019 https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1131245/duterte-breaks-silence-on-sinking-...

ANGLEY POINT, Cavite — President Rodrigo Duterte broke his silence on the sinking of a Filipino boat by a Chinese vessel at Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea and called it a “little maritime accident.”

Cosco signs collective labor agreements with Greek workers

Cosco signs collective labor agreements with Greek workers
13 June 2019 https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/06/13/cosco-signs-collective-labor-agree...

Chinese state-owned shipping and logistics services supplier company Cosco, owner of Piraeus Port Organization (OLP) signed a new three year collective labor agreement on Wednesday.

Arrests over Grande Europa cargo ship fire

Arrests over Grande Europa cargo ship fire
2019-06-15 https://www.majorcadailybulletin.com/news/local/2019/06/15/55755/arrests...

Officers from the Guardia Civil's criminal police in Palma went to Valencia on Friday and placed various individuals under arrest in connection with last month's fire on the Grande Europa cargo ship.

S. Korean cargo ship rescues all crew members of Norwegian tanker in Gulf of Oman

S. Korean cargo ship rescues all crew members of Norwegian tanker in Gulf of Oman
Jun 13, 2019 - http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20190613000751

A cargo ship owned by South Korean shipping firm Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. rescued all 23 crew members of the Norwegian tanker Front Altair, which was on fire in the Gulf of Oman, the Korean company said Thursday.

Duterte to meet boat captain in Recto Bank incident

Duterte to meet boat captain in Recto Bank incident
Maricar Cinco - June 16, 2019

AN PEDRO CITY, Laguna, Philippines — Malacañang has invited Junel Insigne, the captain of the Filipino fishing boat Gem-Vir 1, to a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte.

Seafarers on edge following latest Middle Eastern tanker attacks

Seafarers on edge following latest Middle Eastern tanker attacks
am Chambers June 14th, 2019 https://splash247.com/seafarers-on-edge-following-latest-middle-eastern-...

'Bulk Japan': Severely injured Filipino crew medevaced in Vietnam waters

Severely injured Filipino crew medevaced in Vietnam waters
NIKOLAY TORKIN June 13, 2019 https://maritimebulletin.net/2019/06/13/severely-injured-filipino-crew-m...

Calls for Crew Wellbeing to be Enshrined in Law

Calls for Crew Wellbeing to be Enshrined in Law
Helen Kelly - 13th June 2019 |

As shocking statistics on seafarer suicides and depression are published, calls are growing for crew wellbeing to be linked with ship safety and included in international regulations. Meanwhile, shipowners are being urged to improve onboard internet access, as an increasing body of research underlines the importance of connectivity in combatting loneliness and isolation.

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