As part of the organization’s 10-year Maritime Industry Development Plan (MIDP), the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) shall lead the initiative of modernizing ships in the Philippines for safer and more secure transportation at sea. This plan, as spearheaded by Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade, will serve as a call for operators to make use of faster, more modern ships such as Roll-On / Roll-Off (RoRo) ships.
Part of the efforts to be done include:
- Spreading knowledge of the domestic modernization ship program,
- Reviewing ship designs based on safety standards,
- Ensuring lifesaving gear and equipment is available at all times so all people aboard can travel safely by boat,
- Requiring comprehensive insurance for ship passengers,
- Prohibiting those who don’t comply from applying for renewal of Certificates of Public Convenience (CPCs), and
- Disallowing registration of both old and new wooden-hulled ships.
Aside from this, MARINA is also planning on establishing an electronic ticketing system before the year ends with the help of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA).
All these initiatives driven by MARINA ring true to the goal of improving aspects of the local maritime industry – including transportation by sea – so we can keep up with the competition in the international scene.
For this reason, it’s important for professionals from all levels in the industry – from maritime trainees to heads of shipping companies – to be aware and to follow modernization programs such as this one. That way, the high standards in which our workers and operations are held can be maintained and even exceeded as we move towards becoming a better and more advanced maritime nation.