PH, Germany discuss need for heightened cooperation in maritime transport

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Both delegations agree to meet again to discuss and resolve outstanding issues relating to “Article 6: Free Transfer of Revenues.” Also under further study for both delegations is paragraph 2 of “Article 8: Measures to Facilitate Maritime Transport,” which states: “The Contracting Parties undertake to review and amend or rescind as appropriate, upon the entry into force of the present Agreement, all unilateral administrative, technical, and other measures that entail an indirect restriction of, and have discriminatory effects upon, the free offer of services in international maritime transport. Either Contracting Party also undertakes not to take or implement any administrative, technical, or other measures that might adversely affect citizens or companies of the other Contracting Party rendering services in international maritime transport.”

Photo 1Adjourning rather earlier than scheduled, the German delegation proceeds to take a tour to the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP) the next day by boat to Mariveles, Bataan. Executive Vice President of the Associated Marine Officers and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP) Vice Admiral Eduardo Ma. R. Santos welcomes the delegation to MAAP. The guests are toured around the academy’s state-of-the-art simulators and other facilities.

According to Santos, aside from providing training and education to young would-be seafarers and the upgrades they need, the academy also provides masters units to seafarers who would decide to continue their education after long stints at sea.

The FRG delegation is composed of Peter Escherich, Ministerialrat of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (Division WS 20 – International and EU Maritime Policy, Maritime Transport), and Jürgen Göpel, Division WS 23 – Traffic Regulation & Nautics, also from the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure; Dr. Dirk Max Johns, managing director of the Association of German Shipowners in Hamburg and Mr. Cristof Wegner, the German Commercial Counselor.

The Philippine delegation, on the other hand, consists of key personnel from MARINA, namely, administrator Dr. Maximo Q Mejia Jr, deputy administrator for operations Atty. Gloria J. Victoria-Bañas, deputy executive director of the STCW office Atty. Jabeth Sena Jepath Dacanay, director for overseas shipping service Arsenio F. Lingad II, Rubina S. Badoy of the planning and policy service, Michael Esplago and Harold Tarun from the STCW office.

From the Dept. of Transport and Communications are: Enrico Ferre of the water transport division and Elenita Asuncion of the planning service.

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From the Bureau of Customs are: Atty. Regino Mallari Jr, Atty. Ilie Gramata, Rommel Versoza, Atty. Michelle de Vera, and Atty. Naomi Alcala. Also included are: Edwin Gil Mendoza from the Dept. of Foreign Affairs; Hernando B. Reyes from the Phil. Overseas Employment Administration; Agapito D. Arrieta of the Philippine Ports Authority; Atty. Charlotte Fiel P. Castro of the Dept. of Justice, and Ma. Josefina Villena of the National Economic and Development Authority.