shipping company offers scholarships to Filipino seafarers
Manila Bulletin - Saturday,
A foreign shipping company has granted scholarship to deserving Filipino cadets who want to
graduate in maritime courses in the hope to support their families and loved ones.
Tom Erik Klaveness, co-owner and chairman
of the Torvald Klavaness Group (TKG) a Norwegian shipping company engages in cargo-shipping business, said that this is the
focus of the company for the moment.
Klaveness made the statement during the 25th year of the Klaveness Maritime Agency
(KMA) Inc., a local crew manning agency of the TKG in the country, which provides competent seafarers to its fleets at the
Hyatt and Casino Hotel at Pedro Gil St., Ermita, Manila
City last Wednesday.
The TKG is into this kind of business for 60
years with 19 vessels, including nine others managed by its affiliates and employing 603 Filipino crew composed of 188 officers
and 415 non-licensed officers or Ratings.
To upgrade its personnel, the KMA here is envisioning five to 10 years of training
and development so they can be efficient and effective in the performance of their respective duties, Klaveness said.
KMA has supported 51 cadets who are studying in different maritime schools in Metro Manila and after they graduated in their
courses they will render services to the mother company the TKG, said Lasse Kristoffersen, president of the Klaveness Maritime
Kristoffersen said although the KMA has no hold of the Filipino cadets after their graduation because
the company does not have agreement forged between the KMA and the students yet they stick to serve the TKG as officers of
The company is helping the maritime industry to raise up more officers of the ships as there is a shortage
of ship officers all over the world.
In addition to granting scholarships to Filipino cadets, KMA also is looking after
the welfare of its employees through the Seamen's Wives Association of Klaveness (SWAK).
The association is involved to
provide socio-civic services to the Filipino communities particularly to the members of the company.
US rewards Filipino whistleblowers of polluting ship
Agence France-Presse | 07/09/2009
MANILA - Three Filipino crew members who reported their ship illegally dumping waste oil into the Gulf of Mexico have
received financial rewards of up to 90,000 dollars each, the US
embassy said Thursday.
The seamen, whose names were withheld for security
reasons, received the rewards ranging from 30,000-90,000 dollars each during a ceremony at the US Embassy in Manila.
It said the three had served as witnesses at a
court trial in Texas in 2008 that found Portuguese-operated
tanker GenMar Defiance guilty of pumping waste oil overboard through a hose designed to bypass pollution controls.
The oil discharge was made when the ship sailed
to Corpus Christi, Texas,
in November 2007.
Posted on Friday, 05.22.09
SS NORWAY EXPLOSION
Victims of 2003 SS Norway blast want more money
Some victims of a 2003 explosion on Norwegian Cruise Line's SS Norway now want to pursue
claims arising from the company's guilty plea to a gross negligence charge.
Ten victims of the 2003 boiler explosion aboard the SS Norway say Norwegian Cruise Line hid the fact that it was the subject
of a criminal investigation in order to limit how much it would have to pay to settle their claims.The 10 Filipino crew members
and their survivors filed court papers Thursday asking a Miami federal judge to allow them to sue NCL for damages for claims
arising from its guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of gross negligence. Eight crew members were scalded to death and 10
others seriously injured when the ship's boiler ruptured. Of the Filipino crew members now pursuing additional claims, six
were killed and four were injured. NCL paid $13 million to the victims to settle civil claims for negligence, including about
$2.5 million to the 10 Filipino crew members in 2005. Ross Toyne, a lawyer for the Filipino crew members, said NCL concealed
its criminal behavior from the court and his clients in the civil action. Had NCL disclosed that there was a criminal investigation,
Toyne said his clients would have pursued claims for criminal liability and gross negligence. ''Now we know why [NCL] wanted
to get these civil claims settled,'' Toyne said. ''They wanted them to go away and to stop my clients from continuing their
investigation into the real facts.'' He added courts have the discretion to revisit claims that have been previously addressed.
''We believe the motion is meritless and will respond in court accordingly,'' NCL said in an e-mailed statement. NCL pleaded
guilty to operating the SS Norway in a ''grossly negligent manner that endangered the lives, limbs and property of the persons
on board.'' It paid a $1 million fine and $13.75 million in restitution. Following NCL's conviction, a federal judge ordered
the cruise line to pay Toyne's clients almost $6 million in restitution for past and future lost income. After the blast,
in 2003, the 10 crew members sued NCL in federal court. But U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz ordered the death and injury
claims be resolved through arbitration in the Philippines as required under the crew's employment contracts. The ruling was
appealed, but a federal appeals court upheld the decision. Now, the Filipinos want to pursue additional claims in federal
court. 'These crime victims' employment contracts were interpreted by this ... court as applying to common negligence claims
arising from an isolated act, not part and parcel of a criminal act extending over at least six years,'' the crews' court
filing states. Toyne's said NCL's motivation for concealing the criminal investigation was money. He cited a 2005 story by
maritime publication Lloyd's List where NCL President and CEO Colin Veitch said that, based on its insurance company's estimate,
it saved $100 million in U.S. legal payouts when the appeals court upheld the decision that his clients' claims must be arbitrated.
26, 2008 9:53 a.m. EST
Honolulu, HI (AHN) - The
United States Coast Guard presented the Gold Lifesaving Medal, the agency's highest civilian award, to John Dacuag, a Filipino-American
mariner from Hawaii, who saved a cargo ship crewman from drowning in the Pacific Ocean at the height of Typhoon ManYi in 2007.
Rear Adm. Mason K. Brown, 14th Coast Guard District commander, awarded the
medal to Dacuag at a formal ceremony in the agency's headquarters in Honolulu.
Dacuag, the 713th recipient of the award in the Coast Guard's history, said that he was honored and humbledto receive the award.The Horizon Falcon, where Dacuag was a crew member, received a distress
call on July 10, 2007 from another vessel, The Hai Tong No. 7.Both vessels were traversing the Philippine
Sea along with a typhoon. Hai Tong was about 375 miles northwest of Guam.Horizon Falcon changed course to help
Hai Tong. Dacuag rescued a crew member of Hai Tong when Dacuag jumped into the 24-foot seas and 40-knot winds to capture him.
The Coast Guard, meanwhile, saved 13 Hai Tong crew members
23 Filipino seamen
were jailed in 2000 in Abu
Dhabi. The UAE authorities later found out that they merely forced
by their Indian national employers to sign the bank loans, but the banks still refused to
allow their release until they paid P7.5 million, representing the amount lost by the banks. Jose Miguel Arroyo, First Gentleman
& Amb. Amable Aguiluz V, special envoy to the Gulf Cooperation Council raised P7.5 million
for their freedom after Roy Seņeres, brought their plight to their attention. The seamen released
in 10/2003 are Nestor Agustin, Mario Nagoldon, Ildefonso Amul, Fredich Caramoan, Albert Dagsa, Jose Dias, Rogelion
Gariando, Paulito Gemina, Marianito Gemina, Antonio Hafalla, Jr. Danilo Padilla, Samuel Ramirez , Edward Reyes, Rufino Sawali,
Marcelino Silan, Joel Sumalde, Alvin John Tayao, Renato Tejero, Ronnie Valdez, Frederich Vertudez, Johnny Villasotto and Leonardo
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