Tag Archives: EU

A cat on the environment, EU and other matters

It has been several months since Marine Café Blog last had a chat with Frankie the Philosopher Cat. Although he didn’t have his favourite smoked oysters for lunch today, he was not, thankfully, more grumpy than usual. He was lounging about in the garden, looking a bit contemplative. Here’s how our conversation went: Total Share: 6113100

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Filipino officers on EU ships: a question of arithmetic

You can perish the thought of the European Commission withdrawing recognition of Philippine ship officers’ certificates. No, it is not because the Filipino seaman factory is now in tip-top shape. The 28 European Union member states represented by the Commission have little or no desire to dump Filipino officers. The fact that the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) made another […]

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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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EU ruling on Filipino crews is overdue

This month, inspectors from the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) once more visited the Filipino seafarer factory. They had previously conducted inspections in 2006, 2010 and 2013. So it’s their fourth time to check if the world’s top crew supplier is conforming to the STCW Convention. This cannot go on forever. The European Commission has to decide finally on whether […]

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Why demolish the Philippines’ MTC

Those who have not read the 55-page European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) report on the Philippines’ maritime education, training and certification system are lucky. They’ve spared themselves a bit of vexation and perhaps even anger. The document is, in essence, an indictment of those in charge of the Filipino seafarer factory. It puts on the spot especially the Maritime Training […]

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Why worry about the EU and EMSA?

Frankie, part of our small battalion of housecats, looks rather pensive. Is he thinking about the EU threat to ban Filipino seamen? Not a bit. Like most crewing executives, Frankie hasn’t seen the complete European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) report on the Philippines’ STCW deficiencies. And why should he be bothered? Local maritime bureaucrats and other humans think the EU […]

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