Whatever Happened To MAC Pinoy?

December 17, 2007

Ok, most people reading this will know that Filipinos represent the largest single nationality in the global maritime workforce, around 25 per cent, and that will probably increase over the coming years. Most Filipinos speak English, the Philippines is the world’s third largest group of English speakers so most don’t have a problem with the MAC podcasts or the transcripts (The majority of Filipinos are actually tri-lingual, fluent in their own regional language as well as Tagalog, the national language, and English).

BUT, it’s MAC’s policy to reach out to seafarers in the most effective way and in the most effective language so we decided to launch MAC episode editions in Tagalog.

The first four episodes have been translated by Ami Jacinto, a translator and well-know voice talent in the Philippines who will be presenting the audio podcasts. We announced the coming service earlier this year.

SO what happened? As we were preparing to record the Tagalog episode, IDESS Interactive Technologies revealed that it was about to construct a purpose-built sound facility and offered to let MAC use the facility to record its podcasts. Needless to say we were delighted and wanted to launch the Tagalog service using those facilities.

Construction should be complete in January so we decided to put the Tagalog service on hold so we could launch it using the new facility.

So, yes, the Tagalog service is coming we hope to broadcast the first episodes in late January/early February.

The Tagalog service will be on trial. If there is demand from Filipino seafarers and we can secure sponsorship we’ll keep it going.


Maritime Safety News Today, September 4, 2007

September 4, 2007

UK. Red Ensign fly’s to mark Merchant Navy Day
BYM News (press release) – Gibraltar,Spain
Merchant Navy Day honours their memory, and also looks forward to a brighter future for British shipping and seafarers.

Spain contracts EU vessel for clean up operations
gibfocus.gi – Gibraltar
The decision has come after reports of hydraulic oil spill from the New Flame cargo vessel stranded off Europa Point since the 12th August after a collision

Spain calls in EMSA as ‘New Flame’ deteriorates
bunkerworld – London,UK
The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has responded to a Spanish request for assistance as the condition of the stricken cargo vessel New Flame has 

Bodies found of two Slovak sailors killed in ship collision – Summary
Earthtimes.org – USA
Tel Aviv – Israeli rescue services found the bodies Friday of two Slovak sailors, who died in a shipping accident the previous night off the coast of the

9 seamen in ship sinking recall harrowing ordeal
INQ7.net – Philippines
lone fatality in the accident, was found three hours after the rest of the crew were rescued by the South African Air Force and maritime authorities.

Boat sank ‘after chance accident’
BBC News – UK
The MAIB said the Meridian was considered to be a modern and well-maintained vessel in the hands of an experienced skipper. The case could be reopened –