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Shipowners prepare for ban on Filipino officers

Philippine training and certification system said to have failed EU audit

A statement announcing the pamphlet's launch noted that SOMS remains one of the busiest and most important shipping lanes in the world. It is a vital sea line of communication, carrying about one-third of the world's traded goods and used by ships voyaging from west to east - PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

INTERNATIONAL ship managers and shipowners are working on contingency measures in anticipation of a ban on Filipino officers by European Union-flagged vessels.

These precautions are being applied in the wake of reports circulating in Brussels and Manila that the Philippine's maritime...