• 2020 February 25 11:16

    PPA scores big in latest survey, continues to veer away from 'corruption' tag

    The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) said that for the second straight year it scores big in the annual port user’s satisfaction survey particularly on the aspect of integrity. The 2019 survey conducted by the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) involving the various port users nationwide showed that respondents to the survey gave the highest satisfaction rating of 4.43, equivalent to Very Satisfied, to the integrity of the PPA on top of its port facilities and services rendered.

    DAP conducted the survey as the Governance Commission for GOCCs (GCG) requires that a third-party should carry out the analysis so as to maintain the credibility and objectivity of the result. The questionnaire used in the survey was likewise designed by the GCG.

    In 2018, PPA has a satisfaction rating of 4.40, which is also equivalent to Very Satisfied. Both reviews follow the same scoresheet wherein 5 – Very Satisfied, 4 – Satisfied, 3 – Neutral/neither satisfied nor dissatisfied, 2 – Dissatisfied, and 1 – Very Dissatisfied.

    Port users, meanwhile, are composed of passengers, shipping lines, trucking groups, logistics service providers as well as PPA concessionaires like cargo-handling operators and ancillary service providers, among others. A total of 2,519 survey samples were gathered in 2019 representing all ports nationwide.

    PPA General Manager Jay Daniel R. Santiago is very ecstatic upon learning the result of the latest survey particularly because he was the one who instituted a paradigm shift in the overall operational thrust of the agency.

    “Apparently, the changes we have implemented in 2016 when the new administration came in led by President Rodrigo R. Duterte and Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade continue to bear fruit,” Santiago said.

    “You can never really go wrong if you put high regard on integrity and accountability in public service. From being branded as one of the corruption hotspots in government, the PPA is now veering away from that tag,” Santiago stressed.

    “As long as we continue to work together and continue to police our own ranks, fewer and fewer people will experience extortion and any sort of corruption in PPA ports,” Santiago added.

    Aside from integrity, the respondents are also very satisfied with the port facilities, which are being continually maintained and improved by the Philippine Ports Authority, giving a satisfaction rating of 4.36. In 2018, the same satisfaction rating was also achieved. The port facilities include the Passenger Terminal Buildings, the cargo yard, marshaling areas, berthing facilities, warehouses, and cargo-handling equipment, among others.

    With the different port rehabilitation and modernization projects currently being carried out by the PPA encompassing all ports nationwide, the satisfaction rating for its facilities is expected to greatly improve next year.

    Meanwhile, in terms of services rendered, satisfaction rating is at 4.25, maintaining its 2018 ‘very satisfied’ level

    “With only 800 plus days left in the term of the current administration, PPA is committed to work double-time to improve more the delivery of its port services, modernize facilities and eliminate corruption gearing towards the goal of prioritizing comfort, reliability, and convenience not only to our sea-traveling public but to all the stakeholders in the ports,” Santiago said.

2020 April 8

10:39 ABB increases remote support for ships to help customers during the COVID-19 outbreak
10:38 Port of Gdansk actively supports fight against coronavirus
10:16 Tallink Grupp’s vessels Megastar, Galaxy and Baltic Princess suspend passenger transport to Finland
09:53 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Apr 08
09:40 Bunker prices start going up at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia
09:19 Baltic Dry Index is down to 596 points
08:47 Golden Ocean announces appointment of Ulrik Uhrenfeldt Andersen as CEO

2020 April 7

18:38 RF Government makes big decision to quit transshipment of NOVATEK’s LNG in Norway
17:27 BashVolgotanker opens navigation with first tanker leaving Samara for Kavkaz
17:03 IADC moves its seminar and course to 2nd half of 2020
16:49 RF Navy’s oceanographic research vessel "Admiral Vladimirsky" arrived in the Durville Sea
16:05 ECSA and ETF launch joint project WESS
15:51 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
15:43 Port of Rotterdam adds Boxinsider to Portbase
15:28 Dredging works at LNG terminal in Klaipeda Seaport completed ahead of schedule
15:04 VTT to assess bio- and waste-based oils suitable for power plants and ships
14:43 Nordic Investment Bank is sponsoring expansion of Klaipeda Seaport
14:20 AET and TOTAL agree time charter for two LNG dual-fuel VLCCs
13:52 Rosmorport changed tariffs on crew boats services rendered in seaports of Eysk and Temryuk
13:29 Krasnoye Sormovo shipyard introduced short-time operation till 30 April 2020
12:54 Rosmorport announces tender to reconstruct coastal facilities of Vanino-Kholmsk ferry service
12:26 Rosmorport announces tender to build and reconstruct port infrastructure in Nikolskoye settlement
11:47 Hydrographic vessel of RF Navy’s Pacific Fleet continues its long-distance cruise to Antarctica
11:09 Hurtigruten temporarily suspends operations
10:25 Brent Crude futures price is up 3% to $34.04, Light Sweet Crude – up 3.53% to $27
10:08 Stena Line to furlough 600 employees and make 150 redundant in UK and the Republic of Ireland due to COVID-19
09:53 Extraordinary security measures undertaken by PORT FLEET operating in Big Port St. Petersburg
09:34 Nuclear-powered container carrier Sevmorput unloaded cargo for Arctic LNG 2 project
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is down to 604 points
09:02 Austria's overseas traffic via Hamburg remains stable
08:46 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Apr 07
08:19 LR chosen for LNG Canada export terminal project in Kitimat

2020 April 6

18:37 Okeanis Eco Tankers announces three year VLCC time charter
18:06 Bureau Veritas helps to manage risk thanks to digitalized inspection services
17:45 Turnover of DeloPorts terminals in January-March of 2020 reached 2.6 mln tonnes, up 44% YoY
17:39 The production of Tallink’s new car and passenger ferry MyStar has started at Rauma shipyard
17:12 Maersk Container Industry signs first Star Cool milestone contract with Evergreen
17:06 Lloyd’s Register completes six-day, three-person audit for marine and offshore component and equipment business Whittaker Engineering
16:30 8,800 cbm of material dredged in Korsakov seaport
16:08 MABUX Digest: Top events on global bunker market: Week 14
16:06 CMA CGM cancels PSS for cargo from East Africa to Asia
15:59 The Korean Register releases the latest updated version of KR-CON
14:50 DNV GL’s new MMC unlocks unprecedented machinery efficiencies and insights
13:57 Technical fleet of Moscow Canal to begin navigation season on April 24
13:33 Construction of Tallink Grupp’s newest eco-friendly LNG-powered shuttle ferry to begin at RMC shipyard in Rauma
12:46 World Ports Covid19 Information Portal established
12:22 IMO issues guidance for delays in newbuild vessel deliveries due to COVID-19
12:00 Nanjing Jinling Shipyard launches the second of G5GG ro-ro vessels for Grimaldi Group
11:18 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO fell to RUB 6,299 in RF spot market
11:00 Port of Singapore remains open amidst additional precautionary measures
10:21 Brent Crude futures price is down 1.61% to $33.56, Light Sweet Crude – down 3.18% to $27.43
10:09 NovaAlgoma Short Sea Carriers takes delivery of new mini-bulker
09:50 CIMC Raffles cuts first steel for largest Ice Class ro-ro
09:34 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Apr 06
09:32 RF Government approves draft Energy Strategy until 2035
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is down to 616 points

2020 April 5

17:08 USCG oversees disembarkation of 250,000 from cruise ships
16:23 PGS announces capacity adjustments, to lay-up its 3D vessels as a response measure to COVID-19
15:14 Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton offloads more than 20,000 pounds of illegal drugs
14:33 Huntington Ingalls Industries awarded $1.50 billion contract for the construction of LPD 31