Friday, December 11, 2009

Managing Risks and Safety of Ships: The Domestic Shipping Experience VI


With the quality of our crew caused by the brain drain phenomena and the ship-owners economic limitation through low crew salary, it is just imperative that we look for other cheaper alternatives that will help us implement the safety systems. Among the controls that we need to implement that will lead the above hazards effect into as low as reasonably practicable (alarp) are:

a. Provide economical but simple and tailor fit systems that the crew and ship-owners personnel can easily implement and understood.

i. Risk Assessment Systems
ii. Safety Management Systems
iii. Planned Maintenance Systems

b. Use a culture to implement another culture. That is using macho attitude of Filipinos in implementing safety culture.

iv. Provide Key Performance Indices
v. Incentive Systems

c. Provide over and above the Administration’s required trainings

Managing Risks and Safety of Ships: The Domestic Shipping Experience V

D. KPI and Rewards (individual and group)




Various research study have shown that motivation is related to knowledge gain, behavior change, or skill acquisition in training programs.

Motivation derives from the latin word movere, meaning “to move”.

Motivation represents “those psychological processes that cause the arousal, direction, and persistence of voluntary actions that are goal directed.”

Need Theory of Motivation - Maslow’s Need Hierarchy Theory

Hierarchy /Crew Equivalent Needs /Maslow's Definition

Physiological /Salary, Benefits, Victualling /Most basic need. Entails having enough food, air, and water to survive.

Safety /ISM, PPE, Safety Equipment /Consists of the need to be safe from physical and psychological harm.

Love /Group Rewards (KPI) /The desire to be loved and to love. Contains the needs for affection and belongings.

Esteem /Individual Reward (KPI) /Need for reputation, prestige, and recognition from others. Also contains need for self-confidence and strength.

Self-Actualization /Upgrading Courses, Trainings and Drills, KPI /Desire for self-fulfillment - to become the best one is capable of becoming.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


1. I saw three ships come sailing in, On Christmas day, on Christmas day,I saw three ships come sailing in, On Christmas day in the morning.

2. And what1 was in those ships all three? On Christmas day, on Christmas day,And what was in those ships all three? On Christmas day in the morning.

3. Our Saviour Christ and his lady2 On Christmas day, on Christmas day,Our Saviour Christ and his lady, On Christmas day in the morning.

4. Pray whither sailed those ships all three? On Christmas day, on Christmas day,Pray whither sailed those ships all three? On Christmas day in the morning.

5. Oh, they sailed into Bethlehem, On Christmas day, on Christmas day,Oh, they sailed into Bethlehem, On Christmas day in the morning.

6. And all the bells on earth shall ring, On Christmas day, on Christmas day,And all the bells on earth shall ring, On Christmas day in the morning.

7. And all the Angels in Heaven shall sing, On Christmas day, on Christmas day,And all the Angels in Heaven shall sing, On Christmas day in the morning.

8. And all the souls on earth shall sing, On Christmas day, on Christmas day,And all the souls on earth shall sing, On Christmas day in the morning.

9. Then let us all rejoice, amain, On Christmas day, on Christmas day,Then let us all rejoice, amain, On Christmas day in the morning.

Merry CHristmas and Happy New Year
From: Jerusalem Family

Monday, December 7, 2009

INTERTANKO Guide to Reducing Emissions

Monday, December 07, 2009

INTERTANKO is publishing this week its new Guide for a Tanker Energy Efficiency Management Plan (TEEMP). This moves forward in practical terms the IMO process to reduce actual GHG emissions from shipping by assisting operators to implement a Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan as recommended by IMO Circular MEPC.1/Circ.683.
This Guide is based on INTERTANKO best practice, using information and experience from members with more than 700 tankers. It is a practical tool, covering a comprehensive monitoring, recording and reporting of ship performance which will be used by tanker operators as they enhance the energy efficiency and the emissions performance of their ships by routinely applying operational measures to improve fuel efficiency.
The TEEMP involves inter alia voyage planning; optimizing machinery; hull resistance management; cargo handling; and the control of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released from the cargo.

Friday, December 4, 2009


500 passengers brought to safety after collision

Source:Inquirer Visayas

CEBU CITY—At least 500 passengers were safe after the ship that was carrying them collided with another vessel in the Mactan Channel just off this city’s port on Tuesday.

The MV Wonderful Stars, a passenger ship of the Roble Shipping Lines, and MV Subic Bay 1, a passenger-cargo ship of Gothong Lines, collided as Wonderful Star was leaving Pier 4 here and Subic Bay was starting to dock.

Lt. Junior Grade Michell Ursabia, Coast Guard information officer, said Wonderful Stars carried 519 passengers and an undetermined number of crewmen.

Wonderful Stars was leaving Pier 4 while Subic Bay 1 was on its way to the Gothong Wharf in Mandaue City when the collision took place.

Subic Bay 1 continued its voyage and docked at the Gothong Wharf but the Wonderful Star ran aground.

Ursabia said Coast Guard boats and tugboats from Roble Shipping and Sulpicio Lines were sent to ferry the 519 passengers from Wonderful Stars back to this city’s port.

Wonderful Stars was towed back to Pier 4, said Ursabia. The captains of the two vessels were expected to file marine protests.



Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Green seafarers lead Manila Bay cleanup

OVER 500 seafaring cadets from seven maritime countries recently took a day’s break from their lessons on ship operations, meteorology and sea navigation aboard the international training ship T/S Spirit of MOL to assume new roles—protectors of the environment.

With their environmentalist’s caps, shovels and sacks in tow, the cadet cleanup volunteers from China, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Russia and Vietnam trooped to the coastal areas behind the SM Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City to help rid Manila Bay of as much garbage and pollutants as they could remove.

The world’s leading shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. (MOL), Magsaysay Maritime Corp., and their local partners from other maritime schools were represented by their officers and staff in the environmental activity.

Transportation and Communications Undersecretary Ma. Elena Bautista, Philippine Reclamation Area general manager and CEO Andrea Domingo, Magsaysay Maritime Corp. COO Marlon Roño and SM Mall of Asia executives also lent their support to the project.

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Tokyo Executive officer Capt. Soichi Hiratsuka flew in from Japan to unveil a marker representing the company’s commitment to environmental protection and preservation.

“The main objective of this activity is to cultivate among our cadets a strong sense of care and concern for our endangered environment. We hope to achieve this by volunteering to clean adopted sites in T/S Spirit of MOL’s various ports of call,” Captain Hiratsuka said.
Owned and operated by MOL, T/S Spirit of MOL is the first training ship to be managed by a private shipping firm. The 4,878-ton vessel, which serves as a training ground for a cross-cultural mix of 180 cadets, was built in response to the global demand for competent seafarers and its fleet expansion.

MOL operates more than 800 ships of various types worldwide, and plans to expand its fleet to 1,000 by 2010. It employs over 13,000 Filipino seafarers. “At MOL, we advocate not only health and safety, but also environmental protection. Before they join our ships, we train our cadets to become seafarers who will be responsible for the preservation of our environment,” the Japanese maritime expert said.
Loving and protecting the marine environment, according to Capt. Joel Abutal, dean of the Mitsui O.S.K. Maritime Training Corp., is the lesson that they wish to impart among their cadets through their voluntary participation in clean ups of coastal areas. “We hope these cadets will be transformed into responsible seafarers who will ensure full compliance with all national and international regulations in protecting the marine environment once they join our ships,” he added.


A few weeks back, another batchmate went ahead to join our Creator. Tragic as it was, especially for the bereaved imemdiate family, the wife and daughter left behind, and us, his "co-poklats" who was with him all throughout the grueling "Academy days" - four years that it was - the failures, the triumphs, the humiliation of being underclassmen, the glory of upperclassmen. Who was with him as we negotiated the ladders of our careers - the excitement, the adrenalin rush of the fledgling junior deck officer, the pride of a first senior management promotion, ultimately the prestige of being Masters and Chief Engineers, or as corporate executives.

Browsing through the gray and gold "HELM 96," I was time-travelling, reminiscing the nostalgic days when we first walked the planks, ready to face the turbulence, the uncertainty of the seas ahead.

This "PROLOGUE" and 'EPILOGUE" is exactly a "copy/paste" (minus the formatting) of the one I wrote for our "HELM 96" (the PMMA graduating class yearbook) thirteen years ago. Re-written as a tribute to all brothers within the Academy and the whole maritime industry

by Midshipman Pelibert Sanchez, June 1996

What reasons could a man, behind the bleak
shadows of dawn, possess...
What could be the elusive target he so
stubbornly scours...
What could be that occult force,
that takes him... the farthest reaches of his endurance,
where rest and sweat are but one...where
anything that moves is saluted...where time
is measured not by hours, but by each passing
day as he slumps back in that familiar bunk
after the sound of T.A.P.S., where his actions
are always taken by the number, each move
having a definite, distinct count?... immolate the boy in himself, keeping
calls of nostalgia at bay, as he painstakingly
trudges on with the seemingly endless routines,
the brawls of the upperclassmen, the exacting
training - of the mind, and the body, and
sanity itself, for one year as a plebe?
then... brave the foam, the fury of the breakers
...the perils contingent to floating amidst
endless spans of sea, without a single speck
of land, thousand of miles around?...
and when in port... face the challenge, the confusion of
tongues foreign to him, and strange peoples,
and cultures?...and then... be home once more, the home called the a leader, an authority of
his time... where his words, once as utterances
of perfect submission, now transformed into
languages of command, of guidance, of
imperturbable decisions, of respect?...

EPILOGUE is the call of the sea
...the lures of the deep much farther than
any eye can behold!...

...Or is it, the mystery that lies behind
remote, distant lands, behind bizarre
peoples, behind nondescript jargon...

...or the challenge of the rifle, in response
to a call of duty, as sons indebted to
his country, Naval officers...

...and the SWORD...the call of responsibility,
of leadership. Of the will of a leader.
A guiding hand to a subordinate. Leadership
that would lead men and machines from
all corners of the globe...

...and the unfaltering conviction that somehow,
the bleak shadows of dawn shall flourish,
the sun shall rise high enough 'till all shadows
shall have gone, illuminating myriads
of men in uniform...
...from the merchant marine and naval professions
when one day, they shall once again
leaf through this book ... reminiscing...