French experts offer Phl help

With the aim to help the Marcos administration to realize its aspiration to turn the country into Asia’s newest shipping and logistics hub, a maritime expert from France visited the Maritime Industry Authority to provide advices for the modernization and digitization of the Philippine maritime industry.

This was after a meeting between Marina officials, presided by Deputy Administrator for Operations Engr. Nannette Villamor-Dinopol and Transportation Undersecretary Elmer Sarmiento with French Maritime Expert Emeric Faure last 20 January in Marina’s office in Manila.

At the said meeting, Sarmiento underscored the vision of the government in developing the country’s Nautical Highway Systems as well as some of the agency’s plans to modernize and digitalize the maritime industry.

The visit was in lieu of the memorandum of agreement that the Philippines and the government of France, through its Embassy here, sealed last November 2022 in having a synergy by means of providing information with regard to the enhancement of the Philippines’ maritime capabilities.

Under the agreement, the French government has deployed a maritime expert to assist Marina in the assessment, and effective implementation of the Maritime Industry Development Plan, particularly in the shipbuilding and ship repair, maritime safety, maritime transport security, and aids to navigation.

The 10-year MIDP, launched in 2018, is a roadmap that aims to accelerate the achievement of a nationally integrated and globally competitive maritime industry through developing and supporting an organizational culture and practice of leading in maritime education, innovation, technology and sustainability.

Prior to this, various risks and issues in the domestic transport sector were identified through the study conducted by OCEA SA, one of France’s notable shipbuilders that produces aluminum vessels.
Based on the said study, the OCEA SA has recommended the deployment of a maritime expert to the Philippines.

The meeting was attended by Assistant Secretary for Maritime Atty. Julius Yano, Shipyards Regulation Service director II Engr. Ramon Hernandez, Shipyards Development and Licensing Division Chief Engr. Maria Teresa Mamisao and other SRS and DoTr staff.

The French maritime expert had earlier conducted a courtesy call or meetings with other government agencies such as the Philippine Ports Authority, Philippine Coast Guard and the Office of Transportation Cooperatives.

Earlier, South Korean marine engineers also ushered their expertise in boosting the country’s shipbuilding industry by offering local builders free designs for modern ships.

The Busan Marine Engineering Association or BUEA is providing the transfer of technology under a memorandum of agreement with Marina implementing the latter’s Integrated Ship Construction Support System Project.

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