Unhappy Christmas For Philippines Ferries

 Accident, casualties, Ferry, news  Comments Off on Unhappy Christmas For Philippines Ferries
Dec 282009

Three Philippine ferries came to grief in as many days starting on Christmas Eve. Dozens of lives lost in incidents that do not speak well of the nation that provides around 25 per cent of the world’s maritime manpower. With national elections scheduled for 2010 it is certain that the country’s politicians will leverage as much coverage as possible – personality and name recall win elections, not national issues and maritime safety, or lack of it, will not affect voters’ choices.

Hearings are being conducted in the legislature but it is unlikely that any new measures will make it through both the Senate and Congress before both go to the hustings. A far greater issue is the enforcement of existing laws and the need for a change of mindset.

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Time Running Out For Philippine Safety Body

 legislation  Comments Off on Time Running Out For Philippine Safety Body
Sep 082009


With national elections due in 2010 proposals for a National Transportation Safety Board in the Philippines which would provide independent safety investigation of incidents like the Superferry 9 disaster seem unlikely to come to fruition after two years in committee.

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