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Filipino Arrivals @ Ellis Island

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Filipino Arrivals @ Ellis Island
Introduction page 2
Filipinos @ Ellis Island Oral History Project
Untold Stories of Ellis Island
Presidents, Royalty (Muslim) & Early Arrivals
Filipino Arrival Names A-B
Filipino Arrival Names C-D
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Ellis Island Ships w/ Filipino Crew
Genealogy: Ellis Island Filipinos
Phil. Colonial Personalities Arrival @ Ellis Island
Historical Notes
Guest Page #1: Seamen OFWs
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Guest Page: Filipino Seamen Hostage in Somalia, Nigeria, etc
Filipino Arrivals @ Angel Island
East Indian Arrivals @ Ellis Island
Chinese Arrivals @ Ellis Island
Japanese Arrivals @ Ellis Island
Korean Arrivals @ Ellis Island
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Foreign shipping company offers scholarships to Filipino seafarers

Manila Bulletin - Saturday, September 19 2009

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.
The 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 Logistics (KML).
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 its fleets.
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 9:38 PM

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


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.

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U.S. Coast Guard Awards Highest Lifesaving Honor To Hawaiian Mariner

October 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 Zapata



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