PH exclusion in ‘White List’ fake news — Marina

Filipino seafarers doing shipboard training. (NSASP)

The Philippines remains in full compliance with the International Convention on the Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers Convention of 1978 (STCW Convention), the Department of Transportation (DoTr) and the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) said on Thursday.

Full compliance signifies the country’s continued inclusion in the International Maritime Organization (IMO) White List which includes national maritime authorities that have communicated to the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) information that demonstrates the full and complete effect that is given to the relevant provisions of the STCW Convention.

“The incontrovertible proof of this compliance is the MSC Circular (MSC.1/Circ.1163/Rev.11) published on 14 December 2018, which categorically includes the Philippines in the list of STCW-compliant parties,” Marina said in a statement.

The Philippines’ alleged exclusion from the IMO White List are without factual and sufficient basis, Marina added.

“We caution the public against efforts to generate undue panic to the country’s over 400,000 seafarers and their families” the agencies said. “Even as the Philippines’ inclusion in the White List is confirmed, the DoTr-MARINA continues to assure all stakeholders that it is exerting maximum efforts to maintain its status of compliance with IMO standards.

Pursuant to its mandate, the Marina will be attending the Sixth Session of IMO’s Sub-Committee on HTW on 29 April to 3 May 2019 in London, United Kingdom, as part of the Philippine delegation to bolster the country’s position in the White List, according to the agency.

HTW is the Sub-Committee on Human element, Training and Watchkeeping that deals with the human side of shipping, including training and certification; the review, updating and revision of IMO model courses; and guidance addressing issues such as fatigue.

“The DoTr-MARINA bears paramount pride in the world-class qualities of our maritime workforce, and will do its utmost to secure the viability of livelihood of our seafarers,” said Marina. “We remain positive in maintaining our seafarers’ standards of service as a prime reflection of Philippine maritime excellence.”