EU states reject move to de-recognize Pinoy seafarers

Posted at 05/01/2014 12:44 PM | Updated as of 05/01/2014 12:44 PM

MANILA – Filipino seafarers received the support of member states of the European Union (EU) after the latter endorsed the recommendation from the European Council (EC) not to de-recognize their certificates of competency.

In a report published online by worldmaritimenews.com, the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO) said the Philippines will have to give reports to EU every three months.

"This outcome is welcomed, providing the balance between an outright ban and a clean bill of health. The additional monitoring and technical assistance will provide the added assurance owners need when sourcing seafarers from the Philippines,” said INTERTANKO.

In a report by the Philippine Star last week, it stated that the Philippines failed in the audit report conducted last year by the EU's European Maritime Safety Agency or EMSA on the quality of maritime education, training and competency certificates issued by the government to Pinoy seafarers.

The same report also cited the statement of the United Filipino Seafarers (UFS) which blamed the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) for mismanagement and lack of concern for the plight of Filipino seafarers. - With reports from the Philippine Star