• 2020 September 23 17:05

    Philippine Ports Authority COVID-19 Molecular Testing Center for seafarers now operational

    With the end goal to facilitate the movement of seafarers to and from the country, the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has formally opened a dedicated RT-PCR Molecular Testing Laboratory for this purpose.

    With a daily testing capacity of approximately 2,000 and a 24 to 48-hour turnaround time for results, the new facility will cater to the testing requirements for crew-change hub ports controlled by the PPA.

    The Philippines, being one of the major suppliers of seafarers in the international market with over 400,000 Filipino seafarers onboard international-going vessels like container ships, general cargo ships and cruise ships, among others around the world., is expected to greatly benefit from the new facility.

    Earlier this month, representatives from the Department of Health already inspected the new testing facility and has issued a green light to start its operations after the facility obtained a perfect score on its proficiency testing.

    Meanwhile, in the last four months, almost a thousand ships have called at the Port of Manila for crew change.

    PPA General Manager Jay Daniel R. Santiago said the project has been on the works since the middle stages of the COVID-19 pandemic in order to help the Government particularly in the processing of seafarers and to facilitate crew changes being done in the country.

    The facility also provides a One-Stop-Shop housing satellite offices of the Maritime Industry Authority, Bureau of Immigration, Bureau of Quarantine, Bureau of Customs, and the Philippine Coast Guard, to accommodate the inbound and outbound travel requirements of seafarers for ease of transactions.

    Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, crew change woes hounded the international shipping industry as most countries closed their borders in its bid to reduce further infection from transiting seafarers. Crew change is needed to guarantee the well-being of seafarers.

    Aside from this, the National Government, led by the Department of Foreign Affairs, initiated the establishment of a seafarer ‘green lane’ also with the purpose of facilitating crew changes.

    Meanwhile, since April this year, the PPA has established several COVID-19-related facilities like the Eva Macapagal Super Terminal Quarantine Center, the 100-bed quarantine facility in Port Capinpin, both realized through the P100 million funding from the Lopez Group of Companies, and this Molecular Testing Laboratory.




2020 October 27

18:37 Bahri net profit up 114% in third quarter of 2020
18:07 Premuda and Columbia Shipmanagement form joint venture
17:52 Publication of first N2000 nautical charts postponed to 2021
17:45 Deep water berth extension at Port of Halifax fully operational
17:37 SC Ports welcomes two new ship-to-shore cranes
17:30 FSUE Rosmorport to take part in 4th “LNG Fleet, LNG Bunkering and Alternatives” conference
17:06 Costa Cruises completes first LNG bunkering operation in Italy
16:24 OOCL updates North Europe – Turkey service
15:33 New tanks for storage and processing of polluted water have been put into operation in the port of Riga
15:04 Norway's biggest ferry company orders two new ferries from Havyard LAB
14:10 Port of Gothenburg posts results for January-September 2020
14:06 Krasniye Barrikady launched non-self-propelled cargo pontoon of Project GPRN
13:21 Wärtsilä cargo handling system design selected for new Very Large Ethane Carrier vessels
12:52 Bunker prices are stable in the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:27 BlueWater Reporting issues Q3 2020 World Liner Supply Report
12:09 HEINEKEN pioneers with zero-emission shipping
11:58 COVAXX and Maersk enter partnership to supply COVID-19 vaccines globally
11:03 Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg continues automation of railcars weighing
10:38 RF Government to look into development of national project focused on IWW
10:09 CMA CGM announces PSS for cargo from India North West ports to Europe
09:45 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning, Oct 27
09:40 Strategy for Developing the Russian Arctic Zone and Ensuring National Security until 2035 approved
09:22 Oil prices are recovering
09:07 Baltic Dry Index as of October 27

2020 October 26

18:03 Shipping emissions talks stall in London
18:03 Port of Klaipeda to get funds for sustainable development and digitization of the port’ management
17:42 34.6 million tonnes loaded in the Port of Klaipeda in 9 months of this year
16:58 Innovative solutions of MAPEI are increasingly widespread in shipbuilding
16:34 Kalmar continues long-term collaboration with Patrick Terminals with new order for AutoStrads
16:10 Average spot market price for Russian M100 product rose to RUB 12,430 pmt
15:46 Royal IHC and Suez Canal Authority successfully launch CSD HUSSEIN TANTAWY
15:34 EPS secures 15-year TC from STL for four dual fuel VLECs
14:52 RF Prime Minister approves list of checkpoints that can be crossed by foreigners with e-visas
14:31 Ocean Network Express to launch new intra Asia service
14:03 Port of Helsinki passenger traffic down 53.9% to 4.1 million in Jan-Sept 2020
13:06 Passenger turnover in Russian ports plunged by 73.9% in 9M’2020
12:59 ICS welcomes legally binding agreement to significantly improve the carbon efficiency of shipping
12:37 Delo Group and Russian Railways signed Agreement on cooperation in organization of rail container transportation
11:59 Stena Bulk branded class for tanker personnel opened at Admiral Makarov SUMIS
11:58 The Ocean Cleanup introduces first product made with ocean plastic pollution
11:30 NIBULON ranks first among Ukrainian shipyards
10:31 EMA and Keppel jointly awarded a research grant to pilot Singapore’s first floating Energy Storage System
10:15 Admiralteiskie Verfi shipyard delivered diesel-electric submarine Volkhov to RF Navy
09:50 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning, Oct 26
09:26 Oil market starts week with decreasing prices
09:09 Baltic Dry Index as of October 23

2020 October 25

15:27 USCG: Oil spill cleanup of Delaware Bay coastline continues
14:53 Richmond Council to host first public meeting with Hammersmith Bridge Taskforce
14:38 Deep water berth extension at Port of Halifax fully operational
13:27 Gothenburg Port Authority's Elvir Dzanic named as a member of Electrification Commission
12:43 Maritime NZ welcomes report to MPI
12:18 Oil spill response equipment and vessel rates in Singapore
11:04 GPA holds first virtual State of the Port

2020 October 24

15:47 Ocean transport of the first lot of railway coach to Myanmar completed
14:51 OOCL announces services changes and enhancements on Asia-Europe trade
13:28 Port Authority launches new campaign against litter
12:41 Hapag-Lloyd announces Ocean Tariff rates on East Asia - NEC and Mediterranean trade
11:06 CSD Hussein Tantawy successfully launched at IHC's shipyard in The Netherlands

2020 October 23

18:09 Baltic Data Flows: New HELCOM project seeks to harmonize and harvest environmental data at a pan-Baltic level
17:47 ICS welcomes legally binding agreement to significantly improve carbon efficiency of shipping