• The greatest sin of the maritime press

    The most grievous sin committed by many in the maritime press is not copy-and-paste journalism, which is rather common these days. Nor is it sloppy writing by reporters. It is the obliteration of the once-sacred line between editorial space and advertising space, the unabashed but often covert selling of the former for money or personal favours.

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  • EMSA 2017 visit: cutting to the chase

    Inspectors from the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) will fly to Manila in mid-March for what would be their fifth inspection visit since 2006. The process has been overlong – like a spiral staircase that does not seem to end. It is time to cut to the chase and for the European Commision to decide on the fate of Filipino […]

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Real monsters in the shipping industry

In a previous post, I spoke of monsters in the shipping industry. I used the term, of course, in the metaphorical sense. Believe it or not, however, maritime monsters do exist. They can be as hideous and dreadful as the mythical creatures found in art and literature, like the freakish whale illustrated in the 1621 book “Nova Typis Transacta Navigatio” […]

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Seven maritime wishes for 2017

Figuratively speaking, there are monsters in the shipping industry. Some are offshore like those depicted in J.M.W. Turner‘s 1845 painting “Sunrise with Sea Monsters” (shown above). Many more can be found on land. Although the monsters are not easily quelled, we should all hope that 2017 will be a propitious year, that more good things than bad will come.

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ICTSI: a nation’s maritime saving grace

As a maritime writer, my curiosity about International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) is not spurred by how much it earns (consolidated revenues from port ops in the first nine months of 2016 were up 5% at US$835 million). Or by how many containers it handles (total throughput of 6.4 million TEUs in the same period, up 12%). What fascinates […]

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Cadets in servitude and human rights

It tells a lot about values in Manila’s manning sector. Maritime cadets are made to work as unpaid office help or flunkeys, and people see nothing wrong with it. Yet, one has to be callous and ignorant not to see that the serve-for-sail practice demeans cadets and is a violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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