Tsuneishi Shipbuilding its design workforce in the Philippines as it faces an aging workforce at home in Japan, and seeks to diversify the product range of its Cebu yard.

Port operator International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) is in talks with creditor banks to buy the facilities of bankrupt Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction - Philippines in Subic Bay.

The recent insolvency of the Philippine yard of South Korea’s Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction (HHIC) has stirred interests of investment from Chinese companies, reports said.

Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction (HHIC) announced on Tuesday to the Korean Exchange that its affiliate yard in the Philippines has filed for a rehabilitation procedure.

The separatist Abu Sayaaf Group (ASG) has returned to kidnapping crew from vessels in the Sulu – Celebes Sea with two successful attacks in recent months.

Wages for officers have stagnated over the last decade rising by 1% annually since 2008, and increases look set to remain modest in coming years.

International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) is planning to develop two Philippine ports in Iloilo with an investment amount of around PHP5bn ($95.5m).

The elephant in the room at the CrewConnect Global conference in Manila this week was the Philippines failure to comply with the European Maritime Safety Agency’s (EMSA) standards for the implementation of the STCW Code and increasingly possible ban of Filipino officers.

Piracy reporting centre ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre has warned that an imminent threat of abduction of crew from merchant ships remains in waters been the Southern Philippines and East Malaysia.

Over the last couple of weeks Philippines government officials have been seeking to reassure the country that it will pass the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) latest audit on its maritime training.

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