How language can distort maritime reality

One would expect merchant marine officers, manning executives and maritime bureaucrats to use language with a bit more precision than ordinary mortals. Theirs, after all, is a technical world where accuracy and exactness are of prime importance. Alas, this isn’t the case with Manila’s maritime community. There seems to be much linguistic carelessness all around, often resulting in gibberish and […]

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An afternoon with Transas and the Navy

Shortly before the start of our forced leave from writing in September, we had the good fortune of being present when a group of Philippine Navy officers visited the PNTC Colleges training department in Intramuros, Manila, as part of their Command at Sea Course. On that dull and gray afternoon, we were to gain as much insight into the country’s […]

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Why Transas is leading the pack

Forget Kongsberg, Rheinmetall (a.k.a. STN Atlas) or Poseidon. The name to reckon with in marine simulators is Transas. This company’s international headquarters is located in Cork, Ireland, but it is actually Russian-owned. Its production base is in St Petersburg, Russia’s second largest city where Alexander Pushkin, the country’s greatest poet, died in 1837 at the age of 37. So what […]

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Carla Limcaoco: making her own mark

It must be hard for Carla Salinas Limcaoco. As its vice-chairman and executive managing director, she is effectively in command of  Philippine Transmarine Carriers (PTC) and may be credited for much of its progress recently. Yet, Manila’s maritime community has fallen into the habit of referring to her as the daughter of manning bigwig Carlos Salinas, who established PTC in 1979 […]

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All’s well that ends well at North Harbor

It’s a fait accompli: the 25-year concession for the Manila North Harbor, the Philippines’ main domestic cargo/passenger terminal, is going to Harbour Centre Port Terminal Inc (HCPTI) and its joint venture partner, Metro Pacific Investments Corp. The contract award should come sometime in September after a post-bidding evaluation by the Philippine Ports Authority. We would have liked to congratulate the […]

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Mary Lou Arcelo casts a long shadow

‘I am seventy.’ She says it as though it were a court verdict and a declaration of victory at the same time. Mrs Arcelo, who is arguably the Philippines’ most prominent maritime educator, celebrated her birthday on 28th May – the same day former New York City mayor Rudolph W Giuliani and African-American R&B/soul icon Gladys Knight both turned 65. […]

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