Marina, COMMA Face off Today at Manila Yacht Club

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Marina, COMMA Face off Today at Manila Yacht Club


The much-awaited free-wheeling discussion and interaction among officials of Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) and Conference of Maritime Manning Agencies (COMMA) on Philippines' compliance with the 1978 international Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Convention and Code for Seafarers, as amended take place at 11 a.m. today, Jan. 12, at the historic Manila Yacht Club (MYC) on Roxas Boulevard, Manila.

Marina officials led by Administrator chief marine engr. Marcial Q. C. Amaro III (PhD) and Capt. Eleazar Diaz, STCW Office executive director, or their duly authorized representatives; and COMMA president Capt. Rodofo D. Estampador and Capt. Guillermo Lopez Jr. were slated to lead respective camps in the two-hour maritime dialogue, the main highlight at the regular monthly meeting of COMMA and other related maritime institutions.

In March this year, the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) of the European Union (EU) is scheduled to conduct inspection-audit of the Philippines' maritime industry that includes seafaring professional capability, maritime education and training; facilities of maritime and training schools.

EMSA has so far, conducted around six inspections-audits since 2005. In the 2014, EMSA discovered deficiencies in Philippine maritime facilities, notably inadequate systems in a big number of maritime schools and training centers. However, the EMSA in its report, did not categorically state that the Philippines passed or failed the audit. However, what was remarkable was its statement that certification of Filipino seamen/seafarers was continuously recognized by the EU. …

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