MARINA, PPA and MMP Launch National Maritime Summit Prep

The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), in partnership with Movement for Maritime Philippines (MMP) and the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), held an assembly to discuss the preparations for the upcoming National Maritime Summit to be held in September.


MMP gave a briefing on the state of finalizing the sectoral roadmaps to be integrated into the National Maritime Agenda. After it is complete, the agenda will be presented to President Rodrigo Duterte during the National Maritime Week.


The National Maritime Agenda provides the general framework that exhibits the strategies and activities the nation’s maritime industry will pursue in order to attain an inclusive and sustainable socio-economic growth in the country.


Deputy Administrator for Planning Primo Elvin Sionasa led the briefing of the MMP convenors on the status of the agency’s initiatives which is to formulate the Maritime Industry Development Plan (MIDP). (Manila Times, Manila Bulletin)


OPITO appoints its new CEO

The Offshore Petroleum Industry Organization (OPITO),  which sets the standards for the oil and gas industry since 1991, appoints its new CEO, John McDonald. OPITO has been improving workforce safety and competency through the trainings they conduct. Over 250, 000 people train to OPITO standards across the globe every year.  And here in the Philippines, offshore safety schools also provide opito training to students who aspire to board ships.  

This organizational change seeks to further drive the international agenda on skills applied in the oil and gas industry. Prior to being a part of OPITO, Mr. McDonald was a director at ACTVET, the government body placed in charge with creating vocational education and training system in Abu Dhabi.  

As the newly appointed CEO, he plans to ensure that OPITO continues to be the globally industry-led organization that drives not only the skills agenda, but also in helping modernize standards and improve competency by embracing digital technologies.  

Later this year, OPITO is gearing up to launch an initiative to create a step to change  training standards through technology driven innovation.  

Smart and MARINA Partner Up Celebrate International Seafarer’s Day





Smart Communications, in partnership with Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), honored hundreds of seafarers as modern day heroes for their hard work, as well as their intense maritime training here in the Philippines.  It was held last June 25 during the International Seafarer’s Day at the Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC) in Pasay City.  The annual celebration of the Day for the Seafarers (DoTS) was established as the Philippines’ accordance to the 2010 Diplomatic Conference in Manila to adopt the STCW Convention.  

This celebration also paved the way for the launching of KulTOURa, a mobile application that will guide travelers to navigate and enjoy the Philippines.  

It is part of Smart and InnoPub’s Digital Tourism Program and a joint project of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), and the Department of Tourism (DOT). During the event, which was themed “#SeafarersMatter“, Free Smart Marino All Abroad SIMS were given to all attendees as part of its commitment to bring high end telecommunication services to Filipino seamen. 

The Smart Marino All Abroad SIM is a prepaid roaming SIM specially made to cater to seafarer and crew members. When this SIM is combined with the Marino All Abroad app, our seafarers can now enjoy the lowest call and text rates to over 130 countries around the world.  

Unlike the usual travel apps currently available in the market today, KulTOURa contains detailed information on the history of different places in the Philippines including its history, famous personalities who were born there, among other pieces of information that may be enjoyed by tourists and locals alike.  

This celebration was not only intended to celebrate and thank seafarers for their sacrifices and dedication, but to also provide them with relevant information on maintaining their well being.

Choosing the Offshore Training School for You

In a world where there is no sea too deep, or  too ocean to wide, career in the maritime industry has become one of the most in demand. The Philippines is one of the five largest supply countries of seafarers in the world, making it one of the most in demand courses in the country. Many schools and universities all over the country offer maritime training.This trend calls for competent and career-oriented maritime schools in almost all provinces in the country.


But with maritime training schools popping up all over the country like mushrooms in the rainy season, it has become a challenge to choose which one can give the aspiring seafarer the best training. The industry places importance on hiring well-trained and competent personnel to board their ships and man its steering wheel to help the industry serve the needs of the growing population all over the world.


Attaining the best possible maritime training starts with choosing the best school suited for your vision of yourself as a seafarer. Below is a list of things you can consider in choosing the best training school for you:




The first issue to address when choosing a training school is its accessibility. Evaluate the location of the school if it is accessible through public transportation. If not, see for yourself that there are places near the school you can rent to live in. Given the traffic problem in our roads, evaluate if the location of your target school is placed on a strategic location. Studying is stressful enough, much more with maritime training wherein it requires not only mental strength, but physical as well. So it is important that you are comfortable with your location before deciding.  




Like any other college courses, maritime training in the Philippines is quite expensive, on top of the other expenditures such as uniforms and textbooks. Select a training school that you can afford to enroll for the next four or five years. Take into consideration the other fees that must be paid other than the tuition fee to ensure you, and whoever will pay for your training, will be kept worry free.




Effective maritime training requires hands-on exercises, or at least the equivalent of it. Application is required in order to have a practical application of the theories learned in the classroom. The training school you would choose must have the proper facilities to help you in learning and applying what was taught.


Visit your potential school first before making your decision. See if you are comfortable in staying at such a place, using its facilities and think if it can cater to the needs of the course you will be taking. Remember that what you will learn in school is important, but the experience of learning is just as valuable.




Don’t be afraid to ask the precautions taken by the school in terms of safety and security of the students and personnel.  The government has guidelines for schools and universities, so remember to check those as you take a tour around the school you wish to attend.




Many schools in the country offers maritime training courses among other courses in other areas. Consider choosing a school which solely specializes in maritime training to enhance your competence. That means that the school has specific goals to meet in order to train you to the standards set by the industry.




The class size is also a factor in being a good student. Some students learn better in more quiet places where there are less people to be mindful of, while others prefer to study alongside many people. This is based on the student’s learning style, if s/he can learn in a room full of people or if learning is better and easier among a small number of people. Remember that since the teacher’s attention is divided among the class, isn’t it better to sign up for a class where there are less people to compete with to have a concentrated and focused training?  


Trainees’ satisfaction


The success of anything can be determined by its output. Feel free to ask other old students for feedback and recommendations, before deciding what school to attend. Their feedback is important because they may tell you what they have learned, or if they have already boarded at least once, and if they they were able to apply what they have learned while training. Or if you have already chosen a maritime school, ask former students for advice on the different aspects of the training you will undergo. Ask about their experiences while training to prepare yourself in case you undergo the same experiences as they had.




The maritime industry is a fast paced one. It is important that you, as a student, can keep up even from earlier on. Because of the demands of the industry, a well structured maritime training program should train the students in their business knowledge and analytical skills. Make sure that you enroll into a school which offers the latest maritime courses, such as the OPITO training (which is needed for the oil and gas industry) and offshore safety training and programs that will assure the safety, regulatory and operational issues in the industry . You will have a lot to learn once you go onboard, so it is good to choose a school which will be able to teach you the fundamentals needed in the industry.


The right training school can go a long way, especially in a field as vital and as competent as the maritime industry. Place importance and care in choosing the right school which will suit your needs and resources. Invest in excellent training today to survive the tough competition in the industry tomorrow.  







How To Become a Seaman in the Philippines

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As one of the top paying jobs in the Philippines, many Filipinos are now dreaming to become a seaman. Filipinos are undeniably one of the top choices of foreign employers because of their passion and perseverance towards work. So if you’re ready to sail, there are various essentials  that you need to have. Read on.

Take a Training Course
The first thing that you need to do is to have a maritime training in the Philippines. Take the basic seaman training course known as BST and get a certification. The training includes; Sea Survival Techniques, Personal Safety and Social Responsibility, First Aid, Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention.

Get the seaman requirements
After passing the training, you need to have the following in order for you to be employed.

  • BST Certificate – You can get it in your training school.
  • Seaman’s Book – This document serves as your passport in this industry. Here’s how you can apply for it.
  • Passport – This is a common identification card in any country. This is used to enable aspiring seaman and other professionals to work abroad. Here’s how you can apply for it.

Apply to Manning and Shipping Agencies
Once everything is settled, it’s time to get employed. There are many employers and agencies out there but make sure you’ll get to a legitimate one. Always check POEA’s website to see the list of accredited and licensed agencies to avoid scams and fraud.

Learn Something New
If you want to always have a new knowledge in the industry, enroll in more maritime training programs. If you have a wide range of capabilities and education, there is a huge possibility to be promoted and rank on a high maritime position.

Seaman is not an easy job. Aside from the hardships in the training, there are challenges that you’ll face when you’re onboard. However, if you’re dedicated and willing to travel the world, then this career might just be for you. Good luck!