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Stay informed with the latest news and updates from the maritime industry in the Philippines and around the world.


April 2023 News Updates

Updated: Apr 28, 2023

Lacerta, a leading ship crewing company, is well aware of the latest developments in the shipping industry around the world, particularly in the Philippines.

Filipino sailors can now serve Canadian-Flagged ships

On April 24, it was reported that the Philippines and Canada had signed a historic agreement that would allow sailors from the Philippines to work on Canadian-flagged vessels for the first time ever. This move is expected to resolve a major issue for Canadian shippers who have been facing a shortage of personnel. Lacerta recognizes the significance of this move as it makes the marine-centric part of the North American supply chain more reliable.

New RoRo ferry service launched in Visayas, nearby regions

In another development, the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) of the Philippines announced on April 24 that the new Roll-on/Roll-off (RoRo) ferry service of Lite Shipping Corporation would boost maritime tourism and provide more access to shipping services between the provinces of Cebu and Bohol, and nearby areas. The new RoRo ferry, MV Lite Ferry Seven, has a capacity of 300 passengers, 18 ten-wheeler trucks, and 10 cars. The vessel was built in China and completed in 2022, featuring standard and tourist accommodations classed by RINA of Italy. MARINA granted pioneering status to MV Lite Ferry Seven in the Oslob, Cebu to Dapitan City and Dipolog City routes. Lite Shipping Corporation operates ferries in 32 destinations, bridging provinces across the Philippines as part of the Strong Republic Nautical Highway.

"Blue Economy" planning concept pushed to promote Philippine Maritime Industry

It was also reported that advocates for a progressive Philippine maritime industry are convinced their efforts will pay off despite the long-drawn-out campaign for reforms in maritime policy, legislation, and institutional framework. The "blue economy" concept, which alludes to the many benefits that the seas offer, is gaining attention among development planning gurus and maritime advocates as the best platform for the Philippines to optimize its archipelagic endowment.

As a leading shipping company, Lacerta is committed to staying up-to-date with the latest news and developments in the industry worldwide. With operations in several countries, the company is dedicated to providing reliable, efficient, and innovative shipping services that support economic growth and sustainable development.




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