Marina Pushing to Craft Regulations on Promotion of Boating Industry

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Marina Pushing to Craft Regulations on Promotion of Boating Industry


By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat

The Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) is pushing for the crafting of regulations and promotion of the domestic leisure boating industry in light of the growing tourism activities in the islands.

Marina Administrator Marcia Q.C. Amaro II told reporters at the 9TH SEA-EX Philippine Boat Show & Nautical Lifestyle Expo at the SMX Convention Center that the agency has formed a technical working group to come up with policy recommendations for this particular category for leisure boating in the overall maritime industry.

According to Amaro, there have been no specific regulations for this industry for the registration of leisure boats and their operations, which is necessary in light of sea disasters involving small boats operating in the islands.

"We are trying to develop some regulations in partnership with the industry so we would know what are the requirements and how do we go about it," Amaro said.

Initially, Marina issued a circular to phase out wooden hull passenger boats.

This government agency mandated to regulate and promote the maritime industry now promoting motorized fiber glass plastic instead of the wooden boats especially for those involved of ferrying passengers to minimize sea mishaps, which usually involve wooden hull boats.

Angelo Olondriz, president of Headsail Inc., who was tapped for the TWG collaboration, said there are 20 to 30 leisure boat builders in the country but there are backyard builders that are still using the wooden hull which Marina is trying to get rid of. There are an estimated 3,000 wooden hull boats operating in the islands. …

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