Manila: One of the Philippines’ leading providers of seafarers has discussed the nation’s recent EU audit. The European Maritime Safety Agency’s (EMSA) second audit of Philippine training institutes and their STCW compliance took place last month, a crucial check up on the world’s top seafaring nation, which if it were to fail would see thousands of Filipinos barred from working on European flagged vessels. Doris Ho, president and ceo of Magsaysay, told SeaShip News that the current Philippine president Benigno Aquino had made “definitive structural changes” as well as appointing Max Mejia as new boss of regulatory body, the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA).
“We hope that EMSA took notice of the new MARINA's commitment to, focus on and courage to ensure compliance by training centres and colleges with the increasingly high standards of global shipping,” Ho (pictured) said.
EMSA will make its report public soon.
Speaking to our sister site Maritime CEO Ho outlined expansion plans for Magsaysay as well as looking at how women could play a greater role in shipping as part of Maritime CEO’s special Women in Shipping Week. [04/11/13]