Filipino seafarers - updates

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Filipino cruise crew member in coronavirus limbo dies of apparent suicide

May 28, 2020 - 10:06 AM

A 32-year-old Filipino worker on a ship called Scarlet Lady, the only cruise ship owned by Virgin Voyages, died of 'apparent self-harm,' says the US Coast Guard

STRANDED. In this file photo The Virgin Voyages cruise ship Scarlet Lady is seen on the River Mersey in Liverpool on February 26, 2020. Photo by Paul Ellis/AFP

[OPINION] Confronting the new normal in seafaring

May 02, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Because of the pandemic, Filipino seafarers – who make up 25% of the global seafaring industry – face a very different homecoming

PH closely monitors kidnap of 2 Filipino sailors in Cameroon

Jan 01, 2020 - 12:22 PM

The Filipino seamen are among 8 crew members of a Greek oil tanker abducted in a port in Cameroon on New Year's Eve


Filipino seafarer dies as Togo pirates release Greek ship – company

Dec 14, 2019 - 12:30 AM

A full investigation is underway, according to ship managers, adding that the Filipino's demise 'was not as a result of any actions by those holding the crew hostage but due to illness'

PROBE UNDERWAY. Attacks on ships and the abductions of crew for ransom have become more frequent, especially along the Nigerian coast. File photo from MarineTraffic

Iran says boat seized in Strait of Hormuz, Filipinos arrested

Sep 07, 2019 - 5:20 PM

(5th UPDATE) The group is suspected of operating a fuel-smuggling ring, Iran's semi-official news agency says

An image grab taken from the Islamic Republic of Iran News Network (IRINN) state television channel on August 7, 2019, shows what they say is the boat of a fuel-smuggling ring in the Strait of Hormuz that Iran seized and arrested the Filippino crew on board. "Coast guards successfully seized a foreign ship in the Strait of Hormuz," said Major Hossein Dehaki, the coast guard chief in the southern province of Hormozgan. Dehaki said the group was suspected of operating a fuel-smuggling ring and the confiscated shipment had been intercepted close to Sirik county in the Strait of Hormuz. IRINN / AFP AFP

19 Filipino sailors held in Mexico on alleged drug violations

Jul 30, 2019 - 6:44 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says no formal charges have been filed against any seafarer

Swedish owner of tanker seized by Iran says crew 'safe'

Jul 25, 2019 - 11:25 AM

Aside from a Filipino seafarer, the rest of the 23 detained crew of the oil tanker Stena Impero hail from India, Russia, and Latvia

An image grab taken from a broadcast by Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) on July 22, 2019 shows crew members of the British-flagged tanker Stena Impero, after it was seized by Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps. Britain on July 23, said it was planning a European-led protection force for shipping in the Gulf after Iranian authorities seized a British-flagged tanker in a dramatic escalation of tensions in the region. In a ramping up of tensions, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps seized the Stena Impero on July 19 in the Gulf's strategic Strait of Hormuz. IRIB / AFP

Manila asks Iran to free Filipino on seized British-flagged tanker

Jul 20, 2019 - 4:20 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs says one of the crew members of the British-flagged tanker Stena Impero is a Filipino citizen

This handout photo received on July 19, 2019 courtesy of Nico Kemps shows the Stena Impero, a British-flagged tanker, off the coast of Amsterdam on December 26, 2018. The British-flagged tanker Stena Impero seized by Iran is now at anchor off the port of Bandar Abbas with all its crew aboard after colliding with a fishing boat, authorities said on July 20, 2019. The Swedish-owned Stena Impero "collided with a fishing boat", said Allah-Morad Afifipoor, director-general of the Hormozgan province port and maritime organisation.  Nico KEMPS / VESSELFINDER.COM / AFP

Libya acquits 7 Filipino seafarers in fuel smuggling case

Mar 04, 2019 - 8:45 PM

The Libyan High Court overturns an earlier ruling sentencing the 7 Filipino seafarers to 4 years in prison 'for allegedly attempting to smuggle fuel'

Pinoy sailors send home record $6.1B in 2018

Mar 03, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Money sent home by Filipino sailors account for about 19% of all remittances of overseas Filipino workers in 2018

MORE REMITTANCES. Filipino sailors manning the forecastle of a container ship in Bilbao, Spain. Photo by Joachim Affeldt/Shutterstock

15 Filipino seafarers stranded in India now back in PH

Nov 18, 2018 - 12:50 PM

There are 6 other Filipino crew members still in India who will be repatriated 'as soon as their exit clearances are issued'

10 Filipino seafarers kidnapped in Gulf of Guinea

Oct 31, 2018 - 6:30 PM

The 10 Filipino seafarers were kidnapped in two separate incidents in the Gulf of Guinea, says the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs

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21 Filipino seafarers stranded in India to come home to Manila

Oct 12, 2018 - 9:12 AM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says manning agency EVIC Human Resource Management Inc has booked the tickets of the seafarers who were abandoned by their employers for more than 3 months

21 Filipino seafarers stranded in India

Oct 05, 2018 - 9:12 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs is sending consular officers to Kakinada Port, more than 1,800 kilometers from New Delhi, to assist the Filipinos abandoned by their employer

Cash remittance of Filipino seafarers may exceed $6B this year – lawmaker

Jun 25, 2018 - 9:40 PM

'We expect the enlistment of Filipino sailors to increase along with international ship traffic, as the global economy continues to expand,' says ACTS-OFW Representative Aniceto 'John' Bertiz

Senate bill seeks to help Filipino seafarers returning from abroad

Dec 06, 2017 - 9:50 PM

The proposed Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers includes the establishment of a reintegration center that would develop livelihood programs, among others

HOMECOMING. The proposed Magna Carta for Filipino Seafarers eyes the establishment of a reintegration center for returning seamen.

PH to help 20 Filipino seafarers detained in Libya

Aug 30, 2017 - 10:35 AM

This comes after the 20 Filipinos vessel the Liberian flagged tanker Levant was apprehended on suspicion that it was smuggling oil

TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano speaks at the closing ceremony of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City. File photo from ASEAN media pool

Hijacked Filipino seafarers return home after nearly 5 years

Oct 27, 2016 - 10:24 PM

UPDATED I am so happy This is what I had been praying for every night: to be with my family this Christmas Arnel Balbero says surrounded by his 4 siblings at the airport

RETURNING HOME. Filipino seafarers, held hostage in Somalia for 5 years, return to the Philippines on Flight EK 332. Photo by Jedwin M Llobrera

New PH law protects seafarers from excessive legal fees

Dec 03, 2015 - 12:49 PM

RA No 10706 bars lawyers from overcharging seafarers in cases involving illness accidents death

SALUTE TO SEAFARERS. President Benigno Aquino signs a new law that aims to protect sea-based Filipino overseas workers from excessively high legal fees. Photo from the Malacañang Photo Bureau

Norway honors PH seafarers for role in difficult Syria mission

Sep 19, 2015 - 10:47 AM

The Philippine seafarers are part of the mostly Filipino crew of a Norwegian cargo ship tapped by Norway to remove chemical weapons from Syria on behalf of the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

HONOR. Filipino seafarers and their representatives proudly display their Operational Medal Award the Norwegian Armed Forces. Photo from the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Manila

Filipino seafarers found in Papua New Guinea waters now safe

May 27, 2015 - 8:26 PM

All 6 crew members of F V Champeon 17 were on a life raft when a Taiwan registered China Steel Growth ship found and rescued them at sea near Wewak

Don't lose hope, survivor tells families of missing ship crew

Jan 11, 2015 - 12:14 AM

The lone survivor – so far – in the Bulk Jupiter sinking off Vietnam says that in the 9 hours he was adrift in freezing waters he kept praying and repeating to himself that he must survive

SURVIVOR. Filipino cook Angelito Rojas (second from left) leaves the Vietnamese rescue boat SAR 413 in the coastal city of Vung Tau. Photo by AFP/Vietnam News Agency

Two Filipinos recovering from Libya air strike

Jan 07, 2015 - 4:15 PM

The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs says the two seafarers suffered shrapnel wounds and are recovering in the hospital

LIBYA’S CHAOS. More than three years after dictator Moammar Gadhafi was toppled and killed in a NATO-backed revolt, Libya is awash with weapons and powerful militias, and has rival parliaments and governments. File photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

PH to bring home victims of Vietnam ship mishap

Jan 05, 2015 - 3:45 PM

The Philippines is working to repatriate the lone survivor and the bodies of two fatalities after their cargo ship sank off Vietnam

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2 Filipinos dead, 16 missing in ship sinking off Vietnam

Jan 03, 2015 - 1:49 PM

2nd UPDATE The Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs confirms the death of two Filipino crewmembers of a cargo ship that sank off the coast of Vietnam on January 2

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Congress OKs Aquino-backed seafarers bill

Feb 10, 2014 - 10:33 PM

Both houses of Congress approve an Aquino backed bill that aims to avoid a European Union blacklist on Filipino ship officers

AVOIDING BLACKLIST. Both houses of Congress approve a bill that aims to avoid a European Union blacklist on Filipino ship officers. Aquino ally Senate President Franklin Drilon sponsored the measure, which enjoys the backing of President Aquino. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

Aquino steps in to save 5,000 Pinoy seafarers

Feb 09, 2014 - 1:30 PM

Up to 5 000 Filipino seafarers stand to lose their jobs if the European Union implements a blacklist

World's best crew? Bill aims to avoid blacklist on PH seafarers

Dec 17, 2013 - 6:05 PM

Senate President Drilon warns against the impact of a possible European Union blacklist on Filipino seafarers like losing a 1 2 B remittance source

Repatriation set for Pinoys killed in Dutch sea crash

Oct 11, 2013 - 5:31 PM

Two Filipinos die in a sea collision off the coast of the Netherlands and Denmark

Cebuano seaman confirmed missing in Dutch sea collision

Oct 08, 2013 - 9:47 PM

The family of Captain Dennis Sabang receives the bad news on his birthday

14 Pinoy sailors freed by Somali pirates

Mar 12, 2013 - 4:01 PM

UPDATED The seafarers were part of the 26 member crew of a Greek oil tanker hijacked 10 months ago by Somali pirates off the coast of Oman

SEIZED BY PIRATES. The M/V Smyrni was hijacked on May 10, 2012 by Somali pirates off the coast off Oman. Photo by Igor Torgachkin / MarineTraffic