MANILA – The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) will deliver updates on its program of activities concerning the overseas shipping industry tomorrow, 24 July 2019, at the semi-annual meeting with private stakeholders of the overseas shipping sector.

The MARINA will provide a summary of accomplishments from January to June 2019 and future activities for the second half of 2019, including a discussion on follow-through actions on the legislative agenda of MARINA relating to the improvement of overseas shipping sector and updates from the Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers Office (STCWO).

There will also be a consultation on the status of the review of two policies relating to the development of a global maritime hub under the 10-year maritime industry development plan (MIDP), specifically the Rules in the Registration and Documentation for Permanent Conversion of Ships Trading Status from Domestic to Overseas Trade and Further Amendments on the Rules in the Acquisition of Ships under Presidential Decree No. 760, as amended.
The draft amendment on Special Permit to Engage in International Voyages and Draft Rules on the Conduct of Flag State Inspection and Audit to Philippine Registered Ships Engaged in International Voyages will also be discussed to gather comments from stakeholders.

The semi-annual meeting with the private stakeholders of the overseas shipping sector is intended to boost the collaboration and coordination between the government and the private sector to strengthen the Philippine ship registry and to transform the Philippines into a major maritime nation.