Ship Management in the Eyes of a Filipino Lawyer
Like any other profession or business endeavor, a comprehensive understanding of the complexities of the business of shipping management is essential to be competitive and successful in the industry. The knowledge and expertise of ship managers is crucial because of the existence of multiple shipping legislations, especially the international rules and regulations set by different international bodies such as the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Equally important are the local rules and regulations promulgated by the Philippine Flag Administration, which is the Marine Industry Authority (MARINA).
This Article tackles the requirements for achieving efficient ship management. It enumerates the models and methods which a ship manager may undertake in order to avoid delays, detentions, or other adverse financial consequences. These are the traditional management model, the outsourcing management model, and the hybrid management system model. It also discusses the necessity of being aware of and adhering to international conventions — the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, and the Maritime Labour Convention.
The Author also provides a Strengths-Weaknesses-Opportunities-Threats (SWOT) analysis of the Philippine Flag State Administration and MARINA, as well as an analysis of the current Philippine maritime industry and the state of policy-making process of the MARINA. Finally, he suggests plausible mechanisms to streamline the bureaucratic processes in the promulgation of maritime policies.