Gov't Plan to Liberalize Shipping Sector Bucked

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Gov't Plan to Liberalize Shipping Sector Bucked


A human rights lawyer Monday said that liberalizing the shipping industry is not the solution to the growing number of maritime disasters.Lawyer Joven Laura said the country is becoming the capital of maritime disasters worldwide, with more than 6,000 dead since 1987, when the MV Doña Paz sunk, bringing 4,000 passengers and crew members to their watery graves.Laura said the sinking of MV Catlyn B is but the latest in a series of mishaps that show just “the cavalier treatment of safety rules and the low level of priority given to the enforcement of maritime laws.”The lawyer, a nominee of the Bayan Muna party-list who had represented the families of maritime tragedies and human rights violations, claimed government itself has been lax in stopping vessels from overloading just as it has not complied with its own mandate to scrap aging ships that could no longer sail safely, many of them using engines that conk out in the high seas.“The reasons for these disasters are bad weather, especially during the typhoon season, poor maintenance, overloading of vessels and lax enforcement of safety regulations. …

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