Dr Marcial Quirico C. Amaro III
Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA)
With over 7100 islands, and a population of over 100 million, the Philippines is in the global spotlight for its surging demand for inter-island connectivity. Across this archipelagic nation, city mayors are yearning for better transport options for their citizens via fast-ferries and Ro-Ro vessels. Yet concurrently, of major concern is operational safety, with domestic operators utilizing progressively ageing vessels. In 2016, the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) promoted re-fleeting initiatives in a bid to modernize existing vessels and reduce the average vessel age, currently over 30. In this opening keynote, learn policy updates driving the advancement of safety, resilience and environmental friendliness of maritime operations in the Philippines’ – and discover MARINA’s strategies to strengthen public-private dialogue and support for the ferry sector, taking critical steps to creating a maritime transport industry that is even more vibrant, progressive and globally competitive.