Europe may ban Philippine crew from cargo ships, an already embattled industry

Europe may ban Philippine crew from cargo ships, an already embattled industry

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The European Commission is considering banning it from the use of the crew of ships registered in the countries of the European Union from sailors Philippines. The ban could drastically affect global shipping: Currently pnot four crew members on merchant ships around the world is from the Philippines. And the European Union is the second just to Panama in gross commercial tonnage. If this ban passes, it could be overturned an industry that has been struggling for years.

Deutsche Welle reports the ban will be considered after an audit by the European Maritime Safety Agency. European regulatory authorities have determined that maritime educational institutions a Philippines did not comply with the standards set out in the International Convention on the Training, Qualification and Watchkeeping of Seafarers. If the European Commission decides to take action, the European Union will no longer recognize certificates of competency issued in the Philippines. Current certificates do they must be recognized until they expire, which can be no more than five years from now.

The Philippine government is blamed for non-compliance. Edwin Dela Cruz of Migrante International, a migrant rights group in the Philippines He told Deutsche Welle:

“The government depended on private educational institutions for maritime education but did not provide them with sufficient support to upgrade their facilities to international standards. The government earns so much money from seafarers. At least they should be given up-to-date training, not stop measures.”

According to the Central Bank of the Philippines, seafarers sent home more than $6 billion to the Philippines while working on ships registered in different countries around the world.. He was with the Philippine government private institutions in order to comply with the rules. Now hundreds of thousands of seafarers could lose their jobs and the global shipping industry could lose a large part of its seafarers. workforce that operates it.