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Marina urges shipping firms to inspect vessels for Undas trips

Marina urges shipping firms to inspect vessels for Undas trips
Faye Orellana - October 27, 2018

The Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) urged shipping companies on Saturday to conduct a safety inspection of their vessels in preparation for All Saints’ Day and All Souls’s Day — collectively known as Undas.

“In observation of the upcoming holiday, the Marina directed domestic shipping companies, operators, charterers, and ship management agents to uphold their roles and responsibilities in achieving and maintaining high standards of safety,” Marina said in a statement.

Marina also urged the maritime sector to establish safeguards to prevent any untoward incident.

It also directed stakeholders to immediately report any incident that happened on their vessels while at sea and improve their preparations in case of emergencies.

In addition, the Marina vowed to continue to monitor any possible risk on sea transport due to inclement weather together with other transportation sectors.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), Typhoon “Rosita,” internationally known as “Yutu,” would affect the the northern section Luzon and the eastern section of Central Luzon between Tuesday and Wednesday.

As of 3 p.m. on Saturday, Rosita was located at 1,214 km east of Aparri, Cagayan. /atm

Not all shipowners abide by protection and indemnity insurance policy – UFS
Raymund Antonio October 28, 2018, 8:42 PM

While maritime disasters continue to happen, a number of shipping companies have yet to acquire pertinent protection and indemnity (P&I) insurance despite a memorandum circular being implemented by the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA).