PH now has 9 active crew change centers for seafarers
MANILA – In line with the order issued by Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Art Tugade to establish more crew change centers across the country, three more centers have become operational at the ports of Zamboanga, Iloilo and in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.
The new crew change hubs were activated on March 14, March 21, and April 8, 2022, respectively.
The DOTr Marine Sector led the opening of the new Crew Change Centers, comprised of the Ports Authority of the Philippines (PPA), Office of Transportation Security (OTS) and the Ports Authority. marine industry (MARINA), as well as other relevant government agencies.
With the additional crew change hubs, the Philippines now has nine active crew change hubs joining the South Port of Manila, Port Capinpin in Orion, Bataan, Sasa Wharf in Davao and Batangas, under the PPA. The other two crew change hubs are located in Subic and Cebu.
The country has introduced Crew Change Centers to process necessary documents to facilitate the movement of signatories and non-signatories amid the global pandemic, recognizing the vital contribution of seafarers to the country’s economy.
The establishment of crew change centers across the country is part of the measures adopted to maintain maritime operations despite the strict health protocols applied amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Crew change centers are staffed by the following government agencies: DOTr and its affiliated agencies: Office for Transportation Security, Cebu Port Authority, Philippine Ports Authority, Philippine Coast Guard, Maritime Industry Authority, the Department of Health, Bureau of Quarantine, the Bureau of Customs, Bureau of Immigration, Department of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Worker Welfare Organization, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Bureau of Civil Defense and by the various provincial government units and local.
Tugade welcomed the activation of the new crew change hubs, noting that the DOTr maritime industry and other relevant government agencies remain steadfast in their commitment to making crew changes as efficient as possible while safeguarding health and safety. safety of seafarers, especially Filipino seafarers.
“A whole maritime approach is needed to make it possible to change crews in the country. The various government agencies and stakeholders involved remain steadfast in their strong and active participation to ensure the continued operation of these crew relief hubs, for our champions in the maritime industry. : our Filipino sailors,” Tugade said in a press release on Monday. (PR)