Improvements in Philippines’ seafarer training promised at Crew Connect conference


A record number of more than 600 delegates, VIPs, speakers and exhibitors attended Crew Connect Global event at the Sofital Philippines Plaza Manila late last month – the first in-person edition of the annual event since 2019.

The conference was moderated by John Adams, MD of V.Ships UK, Chairman of Bahamas Shipowners’ Association and Vice-Chair at the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), while Gerardo Borromeo (pictured), CEO of PTC Group, VP of the Filipino Shipowners’ Association and Vice Chair of the ICS, introduced a keynote address delivered by Jaime Jimenez Bautista, Secretary of the Department of Transportation of the Philippines.

Mr Bautista stated that the Maritime Industry Authority of the Philippines (MARINA) was “seriously addressing” failings in national seafarer training and certification identified by the latest European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) audit and by the IMO’s Independent Evaluation for the STCW (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping) ‘white list’. He said that “a barrage of corrective actions on various levels” was now underway “with the collaborative support of concerned government agencies” [sees also cover story in latest issue of SMI magazine].

Mr Bautista went on to describe how the Philippines had initiated a 10-point Maritime Industry Development Plan to serve as “our road map not just to strengthen the local maritime industry but also to entrench our rightful place in the global shipping industry. We plan to modernise our domestic shipping by creating new routes, expanding the merchant fleet and incentivising domestic operations to attract new players.”
He said the country was also looking at expensing its shipbuilding and repair activities, as well as building a marine industrial park to house such activities and further developing the country’s inland waterways for transport.

“seriously addressing “ the findings pledged that the government was committed to rectifying the deficiencies found both in and a recent
Addressing deficiencies in the Philippines’ training and certification.

CrewConnect celebrated a record attendance from the international crewing community.