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    Wanted: Register of rogue shipowners

    Violations of seamen’s rights under IL0 Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, have not ebbed. Isn’t it time we had a central register of errant shipowners? There are no rogue ships; there are only rogue shipowners. To use the former phrase, as the unions and the maritime press are wont to do, is to miss the point that all breaches of MLC […]

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    The return of Marine Café Blog

    After a long absence due to personal matters, Marine Café Blog is back with a couple of changes. Not the least important: the blog is completely dropping the use of the term “seafarer”. Henceforth, those who sail and work on board merchant ships will be referred to by their proper epithet, seaman or seawoman.

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Shortfall of respect for ship officers

We’ve always thought of ship officers as belonging to an elite class. So it perturbs us whenever we see Filipino captains or chief engineers who report to their manning agencies in Manila treated gruffly, if not rudely, by office security guards. Shouldn’t management impose a policy of utmost courtesy to all visitors, especially ship officers?

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6 far-out maritime wishes for 2016

“It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive,” wrote 19th-century English novelist George Eliot. “There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them.” And hunger we will — even if it means being the odd man out. Here are our six maritime wishes […]

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Doña Paz disaster: a deficit of memory

It is five days before Christmas. In the collective delirium of holiday shopping, few Filipinos will remember that today, the 20th of December, is the 28th anniversary of the Doña Paz ferry tragedy. And yet, the world’s worst peacetime maritime disaster will forever haunt mankind like the Flying Dutchman, the legendary ghost ship which American artist Albert Pinkham Ryder depicted […]

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