Philippine Coast Guard Takes Over Security Supervision of All Port

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  • As LSC Ship management Takes Elandra Falcon Under Its Wing

The Philippine Coast Guard has assumed control of the security supervision of all ports, and shipping operations in the island country from the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) and the Philippine Port Authority (PPA).

The Coast Guard acted upon the order from the Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade, who directed the PCG to supervise security operations in all seaports as part of the government’s implementation of state security over threats posed by the Maute Group.

Also known as the Islamic State of Lanao, the radical Islamist group has surrounded Marawi City which may eventually lead to the Presidential declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao.

As informed, pursuant to the provisions of the International Ships and Ports Security (ISPS) Code, the PCG is mandated to control movements of all vessels in seaports and harbours; to impose ports and ships identification system; to designate security zones; to inspect loads and to deter the transport of illegal imports; to regulate access to ports, vessels and waterfront facilities; and to enforce appropriate security measures in all ports of Mindanao.

This entitles the right for PCG to arrest, seize and detain persons, cargo, vessels found violating maritime security and pertinent laws, and to file corresponding charges, which took its effect immediately after its issuance until Martial Law in Mindanao is lifted.

In the meantime, LSC Ship management (LSCSM), a subsidiary of  JSC Latvian Shipping Company, has taken the 2017-built tanker Elandra Falcon under its full technical management.

The newbuilding, featuring a length of 268.25 meters and deadweight of 157,000  tons, is the 25th tanker managed by LSCSM.

“This is the 25th ship under the technical management of LSC SM, and we see that we can grow it even more. Due to the expansion we are looking for new employees on Oil/Chemical tankers – senior officers, junior officers and ratings, so that we can continue providing professional services to our clients according to international quality standards,” Robert Kirkup, the Chairman of the Board of JSC Latvian Shipping Company, said.

The Suezmax tanker is intended for transportation of oil products, and is valued at USD 53 million, according to VesselsValue.

Elandra Falcon was built by South Korean Sungdong Shipbuilding and is the second tanker to be added this year to the fleet under LSCSM full technical management.

On April 19, Elandra Eagle was added to the company’s fleet. Built by Sungdong, Elandra Eagle flies the Marshall Islands flag.

World Maritime News

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