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Close Encounters in Maritime Manila

An inside look at the world’s ship manning capital

A must-read eBook

“It’s brilliant, and so spot on.”

~Andreas Wagner from Philippines/Hong Kong

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10 maverick quotes about Philippine manning

The world's ship manning capital has such a unique, albeit impaired, culture that it inspired me to publish my second e-book, 'Close Encounters in Maritime Manila', in April 2018. The following are brief excerpts from the volume. I hope this smattering of quotes will...

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Why I write about seamen’s rights

The shipping world is so rich and complex that no writer, if he is inquisitive enough, should want for something new to talk about. However, there is one theme I keep going back to aside from marine art: the rights and welfare of merchant sailors. In Manila's crewing...

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Gladstone John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University

Close Encounters in Maritime Manila

This e-book is a first-hand account of life in the world’s ship manning capital.

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