MARINA Press Release
12 October 2018

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — To enhance the skills and knowledge of its technical personnel from central and regional offices, the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), led by the Shipyards Regulation Service (SRS), has conducted the third batch of training on load line assignment of ships in Manila on 09-12 October 2018.

Deputy Administrator for Operations Nanette Villamor-Dinopol and SRS Director Ramon Hernandez spearheaded the four-day training, with assistance from the Bureau Veritas Philippines — an international company practicing independent Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC) for quality, safety, environmental protection, and social responsibility. The initiative is part of the 2018 MARINA annual training plans and programs, which prioritizes the continuous training and specialization of MARINA’s technical personnel.

“The primary objective of the training is to have a unified interpretation, understanding, and implementation of load line assignment of ships which were all upheld through set of lectures, case studies, and on-site demonstration,” SRS Dir. Hernandez said.

The lectures and case studies revolved around the history of the load line assignment of ships, the understanding of its standard, calculations, and assignment of freeboard, and load line survey procedure and forms of certificate of the MARINA and Bureau Veritas.

Briefers on the International Convention on Load Line, 1966 as modified by the 1988 Protocol, specifically its articles, regulations, certifications, and procedures for the computation of the assigned freeboard and conduct of load line inspection were also discussed during the training.

Finally, the technical staff also conducted an on-site visit and actual demonstration in ‘M/V St. Therese of the Child Jesus’ at the Manila North Harbor Port for a deeper understanding on the standards in load line assignment of ships.

At the closing ceremony of the training, MARINA – Overseas Service Shipping (OSS) Director Jean Ver Pia expressed her full support to the initiative as she believed this is one of the most valuable assistance the agency can offer to the technical personnel for them become more efficient and effective in the performance of their duties.