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* IT IS SAID THERE HAVE BEEN RECENT CASES WHERE THE COST TO GET SIX MEN OFF AND ANOTHER SIX MEN ON A SHIP CAME TO $60,000, COMPARED TO NORMAL COSTS OF ABOUT $10,000.

Cost of repatriation is deterring crew changes, say seafarers

Published August 05, 2020 by Michelle Wiese Bockmann

Complaints are surfacing on private social media platforms that some shipowners are failing to make enough effort to repatriate seafarers working beyond the end of their contracts. Meanwhile, crew changeover costs are continuing to soar. Stories have emerged of owners compensating by sending hampers of baby gifts to the families of crew who have missed the birth of their child.

3 ports in Luzon activated to serve as crew change hubs

Published August 22, 2020, 6:18 PM by Betheena Kae Unite

Three ports in Luzon were activated to serve as crew change hubs to address the global need for fresh crew of ships in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. Through the maritime sector of the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the Port of Manila, Port of Capinpin in Bataan, and the Subic Bay Freeport Zone have been activated as crew change hubs.

* The Shell Tabangao refinery that will be converted into world-class import terminal

Shell shuts down refining to convert into world-class import terminal

Published August 13, 2020, 8:00 AM by Myrna M. Velasco

As a tough yet strategic choice to sustain its downstream oil market operations and to withstand the disruptive impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation has decided this week to permanently shut down its refining operations in the country — that’s after 58 long years of business presence.