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December 2023 News Updates

In a pivotal month for the Philippines' maritime community, significant developments promise to shape the future of Filipino seafarers and their vital role in the global shipping industry.


Unlocking Opportunities - Filipino Seafarers and the Offshore Wind Industry

With the burgeoning interest in constructing offshore wind farms in the Philippines, Filipino seafarers find themselves at the forefront of a transformative industry. The Wind Energy Developers Association of the Philippines envisions seafarers as a "natural fit" for roles in offshore wind projects, leveraging their maritime expertise and culture of safety. However, this transition requires upskilling to align with the unique demands of the industry, such as blade installation skills. The Department of Energy's allocation of 79 offshore wind contracts, totaling 61.93 gigawatts, underscores the immense potential for Filipino seafarers to contribute to the nation's renewable energy landscape.


Magna Carta Ratified - A Landmark for Maritime Rights

Simultaneously, the Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers, a monumental piece of legislation, received Senate ratification. Spearheaded by Senator Raffy Tulfo, this bill outlines crucial provisions for seafarers' rights, including paid annual leave and institutionalized shipboard training. The legislation directly addresses concerns raised by the European Maritime Safety Agency, showcasing the Philippines' commitment to meeting international maritime standards. The ratification by the House of Representatives further solidifies this comprehensive framework, marking a significant step toward ensuring the well-being and rights of Filipino seafarers.


Philippines in the IMO Council - A Pledge to Elevate Seafarers' Welfare

In the realm of international maritime affairs, the Philippines secured a seat on the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council for 2024-2025. This re-election victory, with 136 out of 168 possible votes, positions the Philippines as a key influencer on the global stage. Ambassador Teodoro Locsin Jr. vows to prioritize seafarers' welfare, promising to keep their interests central to the IMO's agenda. This significant achievement reflects a leap in global trust in the Philippines' maritime credentials, opening doors to advocate for policies that protect and advance seafarers' rights globally.

Lacerta: A Catalyst for Maritime Excellence

As we celebrate these triumphs for Filipino seafarers, it's crucial to acknowledge the pivotal role that agencies like Lacerta play in this transformative journey. Lacerta, with its expertise in training and compliance, stands ready to support the upskilling initiatives outlined in the Magna Carta. Through strategic collaborations, Lacerta can contribute to the seamless integration of Filipino seafarers into emerging sectors such as offshore wind projects. As the Philippines takes a leadership role in the IMO Council, Lacerta aligns its mission with the global agenda for enhanced seafarer welfare, ensuring that maritime excellence remains a shared commitment on the international maritime horizon.


Sources:

PH seafarers can fill 9.8K workforce demand in offshore wind projects - PNA News

Senate ratifies Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers - GMA News




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