The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) honored 42 individuals and 34 organizations and institutions for outstanding achievements at the 2017 National Maritime Week Recognition Night, September 28 at the Forum of PICC, Manila.

MARINA Administrator Marcial Amaro III boldly claimed, “We have the resources, the experiences and expertise and most importantly, we have you, we have me, we have people. Let’s work together and build our strengths. Capitalize on our maritime assets and be mindful of emerging businesses and disruptive technologies.”

He says the night honors personalities and institutions who have contributed towards uplifting the image and sustaining the development of our maritime industry. Amaro uses the simile of ports, ships and people — that “… we cannot do anything without you as our partners…”

The awardees

Among the Individual category:

  • Silvano Padillo, John Patrick Alilam, Cyrelle Rowne Casana, Vincent Calubad and Albrence Ceballos of Ventis Maritime Corporation – For rescue at sea
  • AB Levy Boy Singon and nine other Filipino seafarers of MTM Shipmanagement Singapore – For rescue at sea

Their companies, Ventis Maritime, “K” Line Shipmanagement, Next Wave Maritime and MTM Shipmanagement -Singapore also received awards.

  • Capt. Jasmin Labarda, first Filipino woman Chief mate on offshore vessel to command vessels of the biggest oil companies of the world
  • Per-Arne Waloen, of the Norwegian Maritime Industry as MARINA Adviser since 2014.

For the Association category:

  • Filipino Shipowners Association
  • Phil Interisland Shipping Association
  • Concerned Metro Manila Tugboat Barge and LCT Owners Association
  • Supply Chain Management Association of the Phil
  • Phil Petroleum Sea Transport Association
  • Phil Association of Maritime Training Centers
  • Phil Association of Maritime Institutions
  • Filipino Association for Mariners Employment
  • Joint Manning Group
  • Conference of Maritime Manning Agencies
  • Phil Association of Manning Agencies and Ship Managers
  • Masters and Mates Association of the Phils
  • Associated Marine Officers’ and Seamen’s Union of the Phils
  • Associated Phil Seafarers Union
  • United Filipino Seafarers
  • Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
  • Shipyards Association of the Phils
  • Boating Industry Association of the Phils
  • Kaya ng Pinoy (Balangay voyage)
  • Women in Maritime Phils
  • Intl Maritime Association of the Phils
  • Lighterage Association of the Philippines
  • Association of Tanker Operators of the Phils
  • Phil RORO Operators Association
  • Visayan Association of Ferry Boat & Coastwise Shipowners Operators
  • Phil Ship Agents Association
  • Manila Harbor Pilot Association

All awardees received recognition plaques and jointly posed for souvenir photo. They enjoined the evening with world-class entertainment and sumptuous dinner.

In winding up, Deputy Administrator-Operations Alfredo Vidal, Jr., says, “This is one of the first of this kind… We all know that we are now moving towards…improving our maritime industry and we all in the government are hoping that the support of our stakeholders will remain.”