An e-book that is earning praises.
This e-book is a first-hand account of life in the world’s ship manning capital. Rich in insights and factual information, it will take you on a journey through a maritime landscape peopled by interesting, hilarious and even strange characters.
This book also offers a unique and compelling analysis of the legacy of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos and other factors that have helped shape the character of the Filipino maritime community and the society at large. It is a daring social commentary that should give readers entertainment as well as food for thought.
“It is brilliant, and so spot on.”
~Andreas Wagner, Hongkong/Manila
“Great book and fantastic literature.”
~Captain Ardeshir Yousefi, Vancouver, Canada
“Eye opening, and very well written.”
~Eugene Rutter, Fraserburgh, Scotland
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...read more
For sure, there are still some maritime journalists around who follow the old tenets of journalism. They take the time to gather information, cross-check the facts, interpret events and write news stories that help readers make sense of it all. But the maritime press...read more
Corporations as well as persons thirst for recognition. So it should not surprise anyone that maritime awards have become as common — and as cheap — as Starbucks coffee. The thirst needs quenching. But what business does the maritime press have giving awards to...read more
The International Labor Organization's (ILO) database of abandoned crews makes for some interesting reading. However, it paints a rather incomplete picture. What hardships and anguish do mariners suffer when they are left by shipowners to fend for themselves, unpaid...read more
The maritime establishment — the groups that exercise power and influence over industry policy and opinion — is not only as resistant to change as the rock in Ivan Aivazovsky's 1885 painting 'Rocky Island' (pictured above). It is also often regarded as sacrosanct. As...read more
The press release issued by the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) last 13th of March was understandably jubilant: 17 crew members of the Panama-flagged Sea Honest had all finally returned home. The Indian and Turkish seamen were abandoned in Algeria,...read more
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...read more
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...read more
I miss the waterfront. One of my most vivid childhood memories is boarding a ferry with my mother at Manila's North Harbor terminal. We were bound for Mindanao in the southern Philippines. I remember watching from the upper deck tiny fishes swim alongside the ship...read more
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,...read more