On June 7, 2018, NordCham Philippines organised the Maritime Forum in partnership with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines, German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the EU-Philippines Business Network, and the Philippines Norway Business Council at Sofitel Philippine Plaza hotel.
The Maritime Forum gathered 150 participants bringing together C-level executives, government officials, maritime executives, crewing agencies, and industry stakeholders to discuss the current trends and challenges in the maritime sector. The moderator Adrian Stray, President of Marine Benefits highlighted the importance of the “balikatan” spirit, facilitating better cooperation among all the stakeholders in helping the maritime industry move forward in the right direction and tackle the challenges ahead.
After the presentations and the panel discussion, the forum concluded with a networking lunch and a raffle ticket sponsored by Air France – KLM Philippines. Presentations from the speakers can be found below. View our NordCham Facebook page for more pictures of the event.
Ambassador Carlos C. Salinas, Philippine Transmarine Carriers founder, IMO Maritime Ambassador, presented the IMO Maritime blue print for the Philippines offering key discussion points which should drive the maritime industry in the Philippines. He highlighted the five key principles to establish a National Maritime Agenda – Blue Philippines.
- The appropriate protection and conservation of our aquatic resources.
- The appropriate national policy on the safe navigation of our inland waters, near coastal waters, and the main navigational areas of the Philippines.
- The development of a domestic shipping platform that serves as a viable means to transport our goods in support of national economic development.
- The development of a national maritime cluster of services built around the key unit of measure – the Ship.
- The provision of a package of incentives both in terms of tax measures, and ease of doing business in terms of documentation and certification requirements.
Administrator Rey Leonardo B Guerrero, MARINA, provided an update on the ESMA audit. He focused on the role of the Philippines in providing the safety of life at sea, as well as the standards of certifications, education and training. Guerrero then addressed the implications this would have on the Philippine manning industry. Download presentation here: Maritime-Forum-Administrator-Rey-Leonardo-B-Guerrero.pdf
Mailyn Borillo, OSM Maritime Services Inc. President, illustrated the importance of crew welfare-health for the OSM seafarers, the families and the community. OSM have implemented and promoted initiatives and activities that enable OSM, to increase its services, ensure maximum efficiency and improve the seafarers physical and mental health. Download presentation here: Martime-Forum-Mailyn-Borillo.pdf
Atty. Iris Baguilat, Döhle Seafront Crewing Inc. President, gave an update on the recent development for the seafarers crew claims. The extent and impact of these new updates are of great importance and need to fully taken into consideration when dealing with seafarers crew claims. Download presentation here: Maritime-Forum-Atty.-Iris-Baguilat.pdf