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Maritime training videos are underrated

I find it interesting that instructional videos are rarely, if ever, used in maritime schools and training centres in the Philippines, the world's top crew-supplying nation. When I first explored the world of coffee, I learned plenty by watching films about how coffee...

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...

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,...

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...

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...