The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) has started a pilot test for its Enhanced Special Processing Window/Express Lane (E-SPWEL), a system it has adopted to reform the delivery of its frontline services and encourage investments in the domestic shipping industry.
Marina Administrative Order 1-2014 says that the E-SPWEL pilot test involves processing of applications, from ship acquisition (importation or bareboat charter) to the issuance of certificates of public convenience (CPCs).
The testing period for the new system began February 17 and will last until July 31. It is applicable only in the MARINA central office.
The move is also pursuant to the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007.
The E-SPWEL allots a maximum standard processing time of nine working days for each application.
It involves two stages: 1) prior to the arrival of an acquired ship, processing of applications to bring the vessel to the country; and 2) after the ship’s arrival, processing of documents that include applications for operating the ship in domestic shipping.
Applications are subject to the following conditions:
- The ship to be acquired may be modified/ converted/ altered only after it has been issued the authority to operate or the CPC;
- The ship’s statutory certificates issued by the flag state or its recognized organization should be in English and the ship’s class certificates issued by a MARINA-recognized classification society;
- The principal place of business of the applicant and port of entry of the ship is Manila; and all applications and release be filed in the MARINA central office. –– Roumina M. Pablo
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