PMMA Alumni partners with Orient Class to enhance safety in domestic shipping


The Philippine Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association, Inc. (PMMAAAI) and Orient Register of Shipping, Inc. (Orient Class) unites to further promote safety and enhance the development of classification rules in the domestic shipping industry.

“This partnership with PMMAAAI will bolster the capability building program of Orient Class through the participation of seasoned merchant marine officers who are veterans in their profession in international shipping,” said lawyer Manuel Tiuseco, president of Orient Class.

Chief Engineer Chito Majabague, president of PMMAAAI pointed out, “The partnership with Orient Class will bolster the Classification Societies’ technical capabilities as the PMMAAAI is composed of experienced merchant mariners, ship captains, chief marine engineers, technical and marine superintendents as well as cargo surveyors and harbormasters”.

PMMA Alumni members, being graduates of the only state maritime academy in the country is also in a unique position of holding top management and executive posts and even ownership of ship management companies, local manning agencies, and maritime training centers in the Philippines will provide Orient Class a wide array of local and international linkages to maritime stakeholders.

PMMAAAI has sub-chapters composed of both retired and practicing maritime professionals strategically located not only in the country but also around the world such as North America, Singapore, Europe, Japan, and other places and maritime hubs around the world.

Majabague stressed that the purpose of PMMAAAI in uplifting the standards of the marine profession through active involvement in shaping up policies of the government that influenced the maritime industry will be supplemented by the advocacy of Orient Class in the promotion of safety in the domestic shipping industry.

“This is another milestone for us in Orient Class, where accomplished merchant marine officers will be part of the classification of ships in the domestic trade with the end view of upgrading the standards of domestic shipping to comply with relevant international standards while adapting to the local conditions and complaisant to the needs of the shipowners,” Juan Miguel Gonzales, the Executive Vice President (EVP) of Orient Class emphasized.

Just recently, the Integrated Seafarers of the Philippines (ISP) also joined hands with Orient Class as a Member of the Board of Trustees and to work together to build a special-purpose ship that will provide shipboard training to maritime cadets.

According to ISP President Capt. Gaudencio Morales, the alliance between ISP, PMMAAAI, and Orient Class is a manifestation of the group’s support to the Maritime Industry Development Plan (MIDP) of the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina).

He stressed, “the achievement of a nationally integrated and globally competitive maritime industry is feasible if all key stakeholders from government, maritime industry players such as the classification societies, shipbuilders, the academe and shipowners will work together and share their expertise and resources to achieve a common goal”.

Operating since 2000, Orient Class provides ship classification and technical advisory services to over 1000 ships in the domestic trade comprising tugs and barges cargo vessels, tankers, and passenger vessels, and employs more than 20 maritime surveyors and technical experts.

As the leading local classification society in the The Philippines, Orient Class’ commitment to shipowners goes beyond classification, affirming safety as their primary goal in providing these services.