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Full Ship Automation: Yay or Nay?


"Forewarned is forearmed. Full ship automation is possible in the near future since companies are pouring money for research and development to make this a reality. Hence, Filipino seafarers should brace for more challenging days ahead. With regards to closing the door on seafarers jobs, I believe it will open to other maritime opportunities for Filipinos. The Commission on Higher Education, higher educational institutions, Maritime Industry Authority and other concerned authorities should proactively think of full ship automation scenario and adapt the necessary changes to meet the needed workforce for this. It is also possible to retrain the displaced seafarers, just like when radio officers were removed during the implementation of GMDSS.

-Cecilio Jr., Rahon, Instructor, AIMS

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“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”

- Antoine De Saint-Exupery

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DOLE-NMP hits 10-K mark of trained seafarers

Tacloban City – The National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP), the only maritime training and research agency in the country, trained 10,231 seafarers in 2017 to meet the continuing domestic and global demands of the industry. In his report to Secretary Silvestre

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1.2M OFWs get repatriation, reintegration assistance

Close to 1.2 million overseas Filipino workers have been provided with repatriation and reintegration assistance by the Department of Labor and Employment, through the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA). Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said 1,170,514 OFW received welfare

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ISWAN partners with OWWA on seafarers’ welfare at sea

ISWAN partners with OWWA on seafarers’ welfare at sea

ISWAN Executive Director Roger Harris and OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to increase their cooperation and collaboration to ensure the welfare of Filipinos in international voyages. The International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) has

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