EC ban on Filipino seafarers remains in force


The European Commission (EC) is continuing to uphold a ban on Filipino seafarers working on EU-registered vessels, despite the "substantial efforts" from the Philippine authorities to reform its maritime education, training and certification system.

Making the announcement via an EU delegation in Manila, the EC acknowledged the efforts of the Philippines authorities, but still expressed concern that the audits and reforms were "actually being carried out" in line with the requirements of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW).

"Furthermore, competent staff must be available to monitor the numerous maritime education and training institutions operating in the country," noted the EC, giving the Philippines a July deadline to provide necessary evidence that all issues had been addressed.

"Failure to do so may still result in the loss of EU recognition," concluded the EC.

Approximately 15,000 Filipino masters and officers are believed to be working on board ships registered in the EU.

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