Tag Archives: EMSA

Filipino ignorance about EMSA inspections

Many Filipinos engaged in manning and training still harbour in their heads some fallacies about the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and the inspections it conducts on behalf of the European Commission, which represents the 28 European Union member states. In previous posts, I had written about two major misconceptions. These are so egregious that they bear repeating on the […]

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Far-out ways to vet Filipino maritime schools

I can’t blame inspectors from the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) for being rather bookish in their audit of Philippine maritime academies. By necessity, they have to go by the specific regulations of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (or STCW), 1978, in determining whether quality management systems are in place or training equipment […]

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Filipino maritime schools: the key question

Philippine maritime schools are on alert. A team from the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) will visit the country in mid-March for their fifth inspection since 2006 (the 2012 visit did not entail inspection, only consultation with maritime administration officials). This has been a protracted affair. It’s time to cut to the chase. Total Share: 4011101

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Radical fix for Filipino maritime schools

Is raising the standard of Philippine maritime education a quixotic goal? Maybe so. The glut of maritime schools continues, and we hear muffled complaints from school owners about how government inspections are carried out. One should hope, nonetheless, that the system is not beyond redemption. Listed below are some radical solutions to fix the underlying problems. Total Share: 9421101

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Filipino maritime realities and the EU

The EU is right to continue pressuring the Philippines to improve its maritime education and training. It’s not only about compliance with the STCW Convention. The issue boils down to maritime safety. We wonder, though, if the EU can reasonably insist on a total overhaul of how Filipino seafarers are trained and certificated. Such a sea-change seems almost impossible in […]

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Foretelling an EU ban on Filipino officers

Like most people, we used to think that it would never happen. But we now foresee the EU temporarily banning Filipino officers from working on board EU-flagged ships except those already holding valid endorsement certificates. The reason for our believing so — which could invite brickbats from pseudo-nationalists — is simple. For the EU to continue with the status quo is to […]

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