Philippine – Marina updates 1997 merchant marine rules

Manila Bulletin 26 Apr 2015 By KRIS BAYOS

The Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) is updating this year the 1997 Philippine Merchant Marine Rules and Regulations (PMMRR) as well as drafting new policies to improve domestic vessel safety regulations.According to the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, Marina is revising the PMMRR to make maritime regulations responsive to the current industry settings and requirements.
“Marina is now in the process of drafting a 2015 version of the PMMRR, the consolidated codification of safety standards for vessels in domestic service,” Abaya disclosed in a speech before the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on Friday.
“Marina is also drafting new policies on the importation of second-hand vessels, carriage of automatic identification systems (AIS), among a host of other issues,” Abaya added as he itemized government’s programs to enhance safety of domestic ships carrying passengers on inter-island voyages.
Abaya said enforcing maritime safety regulations has been a major priority of the government considering the operation of 5,934 passenger ships with an average size of 72.46 gross tonnage.
“Being an archipelagic nation, our people are dependent on ships for the carriage of passengers, cargoes and services between our islands.
Ships and shipping services are important to our economic survival as a people and as a nation,” he stressed out.
“Naturally, it is our duty to ensure that we have a strong maritime safety program that promotes the safety and security of life and property at sea, as well as the protection and preservation of the marine environment,” Abaya added.
Abaya also cited Marina’s continuous capacity building efforts as part of the government’s overall strategy in administering maritime safety.
“Continuous technical capacity building is an important component of our maritime safety program. In particular, Marina and Philippine Coast Guard inspectors exercising flag state implementation and port state control duties require specialized technical training,” he said.
Abaya said Marina has also overhauled its Ship Safety Survey System (SSSS) to make the process of updating, harmonizing, and rationalizing ship survey protocols more efficient.
“The SSSS includes a vital training component, whereby inspectors from the different regions participate in national workshops to share experiences and lessons learned. Aside from in-house workshops, the training program occasionally includes exchanges with bilateral partners, such as Japan, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency,” he added.
Abaya presented the Philippines’ initiatives in improving domestic safety regulations during the IMO’s “Conference on the enhancement of safety of ships carrying passengers on noninternational voyages” at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) last Friday. IMO Secretary General Koji Sekimizu led the international delegates to the conference. The IMO is the United Nations’ special agency responsible for maintaining safety and security in shipping and prevention of marine pollution.

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