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Rappler's latest stories on maritime safety


Japanese shipbuilder begins construction of PCG vessels

Feb 08, 2016 - 5:30 PM

Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya attends the keel laying ceremony in Japan for the first of 10 new Philippine Coast Guard vessels

NEW VESSELS. These 10 new vessels will help the Coast Guard in upholding maritime security within Philippines seas. Photo from DOTC

Maritime safety: Lessons from M/V Princess of the Stars tragedy

Jul 04, 2015 - 1:00 PM

The July 2 sea tragedy involving M V Kim Nirvana shows that safety issues continue to plague the Philippine maritime industry

CAPSIZED SHIP. M/V Princess of the Stars sank June 21, 2008. Of 851 passengers, only 28 are known survivors, 400 still missing and some 130 unidentified exhumed bodies. Photo from Wikipedia

Headed for disaster: The last voyage of M/V Princess of the Stars

Jul 02, 2015 - 8:19 PM

Seven years since the second worst disaster in the Philippines happened more than 400 ship passengers are still missing while 130 of the exhumed bodies remain unidentified

CAPSIZED SHIP. M/V Princess of the Stars sank June 21, 2008. Of 851 passengers, only 28 are known survivors, 400 still missing and some 130 unidentified exhumed bodies.

PH, Japan arrest 'pirates' in sea safety drill

May 06, 2015 - 9:24 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard and the Japan Coast Guard downplay questions on whether the joint exercises are meant to counter China s threat

SAFETY AT SEA. Members of the Philippine Coast Guard and the Japanese Coast Guard 'arrest' 6 hijackers at Manila Bay in a joint maritime safety drill on May 6, 2015. Photo by Joel Leporada, Rappler

Philippine Coast Guard to receive 10 new vessels

Apr 19, 2015 - 10:47 PM

DOTC awards a contract to supply the vessels to a Japanese firm aided by a loan from the Japanese government


Stranded Filipino seafarers in New South Wales now safe

Apr 01, 2015 - 12:29 PM

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration is told to notify Araw Manning Agency which deployed the seafarers

China fires water cannon at another Vietnam ship

Jun 03, 2014 - 7:45 PM

The Vietnamese ship was severely damaged reports the state run China National Radio while Chinese Internet users applaud how Beijing has dealt with Hanoi

Vietnam says China fired water cannon, rammed ships near oil rig

May 07, 2014 - 11:53 PM

Tensions between the communist neighbors have risen sharply since Beijing unilaterally announced last week it would move the deep water drilling rig into disputed waters

MH370 search looks for debris breakthrough in new area

Mar 29, 2014 - 10:16 AM

Authorities say items sighted could not be verified as coming from MH370 until they were physically examined

MH370 search area shifted on 'new, credible lead': AMSA

Mar 28, 2014 - 10:33 AM

New information leads to a shift in the search area for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

SEARCHING. Captain Peter Moore is silhouetted against the southern Indian Ocean aboard a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion aircraft searching for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, on March 27, 2014. Michael Martina/EPA/POOL

Wild weather halts search for Malaysia Airlines jet

Mar 25, 2014 - 10:13 AM

Bad weather is making the attempts to find Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 more difficult

BAD WEATHER. This picture taken on March 24, 2014 shows a view of the bad weather and visibility from a low flying RAAF AP-3C Orion aircraft whilst searching for missing Malaysia Airways flight MH370 over the Indian Ocean. Richard Wainwright/AFP/POOL

Malaysia plane search intensifies on new debris data

Mar 24, 2014 - 9:34 AM

Mounting evidence of floating objects suspected to be linked to the missing place has energized the search

'Increasing hope' of solving MH370 mystery: Australian PM

Mar 23, 2014 - 7:47 AM

Australian PM Tony Abbott voiced increasing hope of discovering the missing plane after unidentified debris was sighted in the search zone

HOPE. Australian PM Tony Abbott says there's 'increasing hope' in solving the MH370 mystery. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Sense of desperation as MH370 search enters third week

Mar 22, 2014 - 9:42 AM

UPDATED Finding wreckage in the remote southern Indian Ocean would undermine the hijacking theory which many of the relatives of the 227 passengers on board continue to cling to

Australia says objects 'possibly' related to MH370 spotted

Mar 20, 2014 - 11:35 AM

3RD UPDATE Two objects possibly related to the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have been sighted though there is no assurance that it is MH370 debris

SPOTTED? A handout picture made available by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) on March 20, 2014 shows a map of the search area for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 currently conducted by AMSA. AMSA/EPA

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

Rescued Antarctic scientists back on dry land

Jan 22, 2014 - 3:01 PM

The scientists in the doomed Antarctic expedition apologize for the disruption and now face questions over who will pay for the international rescue mission

BYE, ICE. A view of the bow of the MV Akademik Shokalskiy, when he ship was wedged in thick sheets of sea ice. Image courtesy of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, 27 December 2013

Chinese ship used in Antarctic rescue stuck in ice

Jan 04, 2014 - 8:59 AM

Despite a failed attempt to escape from the ice the Chinese ship confirms it is safe and does not need assistance

TRAPPED. This photo taken on January 2 shows the Chinese vessel Xue Long from the bridge of the Aurora Australis ship off Antarctica, both in the frozen waters to help rescue a nearby Russian research ship. Photo by Jessica Fitzpatrick/Agence France-Presse

Relief as harsh Antarctic rescue mission ends safely

Jan 03, 2014 - 11:28 AM

A helicopter ferries the passengers of the marooned ship into an Australian supply vessel ending the difficult mission

MISSION COMPLETE. On  January 2, 2014, passengers who spent Christmas and New Year trapped on a Russian research vessel in Antarctica disembark from a rescue helicopter after they were airlifted from the ice. Photo from Agence France-Presse/Jessica Fitzpatrick/Australian Antarctic Division

Antarctic helicopter rescue underway at icebound ship

Jan 02, 2014 - 2:09 PM

The helicopter evacuation of a Russian research ship stuck in Antarctica finally begins

Sea ice delays Antarctic rescue

Jan 02, 2014 - 11:19 AM

Sea ice delays the helicopter evacuation of the Russian research vessel trapped in Antarctica

Anxious wait for stranded Antarctic ship

Dec 29, 2013 - 2:22 PM

One more icebreaking attempt to reach the MV Akademik Shokalskiy is underway

 FROZEN. A view of the bow of the MV Akademik Shokalskiy, as the ship remains wedged in thick sheets of sea ice. Image courtesy of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, 27 December 2013

Rescue of stranded Antarctic ship stalls

Dec 28, 2013 - 1:58 PM

UPDATED The Australian Maritime Safety Authority which is coordinating the rescue of the MV Akademik Shokalskiy said the icebreaker came within 6 5 nautical miles of the ship but had to stop

STUCK AT SEA. A view of the bow of the MV Akademik Shokalskiy, as the ship remains wedged in thick sheets of sea ice. Image courtesy of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, 27 December 2013

Icebreaker steams to science ship trapped off Antarctica

Dec 27, 2013 - 3:55 PM

MV Akademik Shokalskiy has been trapped in ice about 100 nautical miles east of the French base Dumont D Urville since Tuesday

IN WARMER WEATHER. The cruise ship Akademik Shokalskiy is seen here docked at the Ushuaia harbor, Argentina, 25 February 2007. Image courtesy Wikipedia/Benutzer:DiedrichF

DOH: Air pollution in Iloilo oil spill site at critical level

Nov 27, 2013 - 8:00 AM

The health secretary calls for the urgent relocation of more than 1 000 families from Barangay Botongon in Estancia town

OIL AND WATER. The shoreline of Estancia is covered in oil. All photos by Jonathan Jurilla

106 rescued from sinking asylum-seeker boat

Aug 20, 2013 - 12:40 PM

3RD UPDATE 106 people were rescued from a partially submerged asylum seeker boat off Australia Tuesday with only two suffering minor injuries

40 Indonesians missing off Malaysia after boat sinks

Aug 03, 2013 - 12:07 PM

UPDATED A boat carrying 44 people — believed to be illegal immigrants — sinks off southern Johor state

RESCUED. This handout photo shows passengers rescued from the overturned boat. Photo by AFP/Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency

Australia's new PM in Indonesia for boat-people talks

Jul 05, 2013 - 3:43 PM

Australian PM Kevin Rudd held talks on asylum seekers with Indonesia s president on Friday

TALKING ASYLUM-SEEKING. Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd (R) walks with Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono shortly before a meeting at Bogor Palace in Bogor, West Java, Indonesia, 05 July 2013. EPA/MAST IRHAM

Refugee boat in distress off Indonesia: officials

Jul 05, 2013 - 2:20 PM

A people smuggling boat carrying about 80 asylum seekers was reportedly taking on water in seas south of Indonesia Australian officials said Friday

Rescue skipper tells of cheers for French sailor

Jan 21, 2013 - 11:51 AM

After three days on a life raft in the Southern Ocean 63 year old yachtsman Alain Delord was saved by the Antarctic adventure vessel Orion 500 nautical miles southwest of Hobart late Sunday

SAVED. This handout photograph supplied by Orion Expedition Cruises on January 21, 2013 shows French sailor Alain Delord (R-red) being hauled aboard by sailors onboard a rigid inflatable craft from the MV Orion, at sea 500 nautical miles southwest of Hobart on January 20, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Orion Expedition Cruises