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July 2023 News Updates

The maritime industry is undergoing significant changes, and Filipino seafarers play a crucial role in this sector. Lacerta, a leading agency in the shipping industry, stands out for its commitment to hiring experienced and competent seafarers while actively staying aware of the latest trends in the industry.


Upskilling for the Transition to 'Green' Ammonia


President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. emphasizes the need for collaboration between the government and the maritime industry to raise the skills of Filipino seafarers. As the global industry shifts towards cleaner energy, particularly the use of "green" ammonia, upskilling and reskilling seafarers becomes crucial. Lacerta supports this initiative by working closely with the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to ensure that Filipino seafarers are well-prepared for the transition. By investing in the training and education of seafarers, Lacerta aims to contribute to a future-ready and resilient shipping industry. [^1^]


Enhancing the Curriculum of Maritime Academies


Recognizing the need for continuous improvement in the curriculum of local maritime academies, Lacerta supports the efforts of the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to address perceived weaknesses in maritime education. Lacerta understands that meeting international standards is crucial for Filipino seafarers to maintain their employment opportunities. By collaborating with regulatory agencies and maritime academies, Lacerta ensures that seafarers receive quality education and training, particularly in the area of safety. This proactive approach helps safeguard the jobs of Filipino seafarers and maintains the industry's reputation.


Promoting Global Leadership in Maritime Education

Continuous education for Filipino seafarers is crucial to maintain a strong and sustainable maritime industry and avoid potential sanctions. The Philippines, once on the European Maritime Safety Agency's (EMSA) "White List," has made progress but must remain vigilant to secure its position.


Professor Maximo Q. Mejia of the World Maritime University emphasizes the urgency of tailored curricula and enhanced programs to address varying levels of training, competency, and knowledge among seafarers. Monitoring schools is essential to ensure consistent quality and industry standards. The closure of substandard schools demonstrates a rigorous assessment process.


A Key to Sustained Success

Lacerta's commitment to excellence is demonstrated through ongoing monitoring, collaborations, and the development of highly skilled seafarers. By exceeding international standards, Lacerta secures employability and contributes to the industry's success.


Sustained success in the maritime industry relies on continuous education for Filipino seafarers. Prioritizing quality education, monitoring schools, and offering tailored curricula solidify the Philippines' position as a global leader. Lacerta collaborates to empower seafarers and ensure a prosperous future.


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