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Published September 16, 2021

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Malampaya’s looming shutdown accelerates LNG investments in PH

Published August 18, 2021 by Kris Crismundo

MANILA – Investments for liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects in the country have been accelerated with the looming shutdown of the Malampaya gas field, with the Department of Energy (DOE) giving a green light to seven LNG projects.

Fitch Solutions, the research arm of Fitch Group, said the Philippines becomes a “highly interesting” area for energy investments with its “energy hungry domestic market and ample trade opportunities throughout the region”.

Philippines to start importing LNG next year

Published August 13, 2021 by Danessa Rivera

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines will start importing liquefied natural gas (LNG) next year as the LNG terminals of First Gen Corp. and Atlantic Gulf and Pacific Co. of Manila Inc. (AG&P) are on track for completion next year, according to a ranking official of the Department of Energy.

In a virtual forum organized by the Economic Journalists Association of the Philippines, DOE Undersecretary Felix William Fuentebella said the AG&P terminal is going to be completed by the second quarter of 2022 to be followed by First Gen’s LNG terminal by the end of September that year.

Philippines foreign crew change ban extended to 31 January

Published January 15, 2021 by Bernila Andal

The Philippine Port Authority (PPA) said that a memo from the Philippines government Department of Transport had extended the temporary ban due to expire today, 15 January, had been extended until the 31 January.

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Philippines Suspends Crew Change From 20 Countries Till Jan 15

Published January 4, 2021 by MI News Network

As the pandemic rages all over the world, the life of seafarers trapped in their ships beyond their term of the contract is becoming more and more difficult. Some of them have served for more than 18 months yet no reprieve as crew change crisis has made their release impossible. In the new year, this crisis has deepened as the new strain of coronavirus has posed fresh problems.

* 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.