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Keep ships moving, ports open, trade flowing: UN agencies to gov’ts

Keep ships moving, ports open, trade flowing: UN agencies to gov’ts

Sep. 21 | Eight United Nations (UN) organizations are calling on governments to facilitate trade and transport and restore supply chain connectivity amid the severe economic fallout from curtailing travel and closing borders. The UN bodies made the call as they...

PPA to introduce contact tracing app at ports

PPA to introduce contact tracing app at ports

Sep. 19 | Infographic from Philippine Ports Authority The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) will soon roll out nationwide a free mobile app for contact tracing of passengers at ports and ships. PPA on September 18 introduced TRAZE, a mobile app that uses QR code...

Duterte extends state of calamity until Sept 2021

Duterte extends state of calamity until Sept 2021

Sep. 19 | President Rodrigo Duterte has extended the declaration of state of calamity over the Philippines for one year, or until September 12 next year, as the country continues to battle the coronavirus. Under Proclamation No. 1021 signed on September 16, the...

Box ship calls rebound in Q3—UNCTAD finds

Box ship calls rebound in Q3—UNCTAD finds

Sep. 19 | Port calls by container ships rebounded in many parts of the world in the third quarter, hinting at early but uneven signs of global merchandise trade recovery, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) data showed. Maritime shipping...

PPA tests online vessel booking, payment system at Ro-ro ports

PPA tests online vessel booking, payment system at Ro-ro ports

Sep. 18 | Philippine Ports Authority general manager Atty. Jay Daniel Santiago demonstrates the use of the Unified Electronic Ticketing System kiosk during a test run at Batangas port on Sept. 18 | Photo from PPA The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) conducted on...

Physical distance reduction in public transport on hold

Physical distance reduction in public transport on hold

Sep. 18 | Passenger terminal at Capinpin Port in Bataan | Photo from DOTr Implementation of the reduced physical distancing requirement among riders of public transportation has been suspended pending approval by Malacañang, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque,...

EU wants PH tariff perks withdrawn over human rights abuses

EU wants PH tariff perks withdrawn over human rights abuses

Sep. 18 | Image by postcardtrip from Pixabay The European Parliament has recommended temporary removal of the Philippines from the European Union’s (EU) Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+) program over alleged continued human rights violations committed...

Cebu’s Pier 5 construction goes ahead

Cebu’s Pier 5 construction goes ahead

Sep. 18 | Cebu base port | Photo from OPASCOR The Cebu Port Authority (CPA) is pushing through with construction of Pier 5 for exclusive use of domestic cargoes. In a recent online interview with the Philippine Information Agency-Region 7, CPA general manager Leonilo...

Cebu ports register 12.6% cargo dip in 7 months

Cebu ports register 12.6% cargo dip in 7 months

Sep. 17 | Cebu base port | Photo from CPA Cargo volume handled by Cebu ports declined 12.63% to 32.7 million tons in the first seven months of 2020 from 37.5 million tons year-on-year, according to Cebu Port Authority (CPA) general manager Leonilo Miole. For the...

MARINA dictates optimum safe distance between ship passengers

MARINA dictates optimum safe distance between ship passengers

Sep. 17 | The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) has issued new guidelines on the optimum safe physical distance and number of passengers required on board passenger vessels. Under MARINA Advisory 2020-69 dated September 11, the physical distance required between...