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.

Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) and Magsaysay Maritime Corp have officially inaugurated their new training academy in the Philippines which features a “ship-in-campus” - first in the country.

Key ports in the Philippines, especially the main international gateway of Manila remain congestion-free ahead of the peak season despite rising volumes in the first seven months of the year, local reports quoted the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) as saying.

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