A Filipino seaman works on German cargo vessel MV Merwedijk in Hamburg harbour, Germany. Photo: Alamy

Filipino seamen, despite powering global trade, face growing threats to their livelihoods

  • Smaller crews and competition from nations such as Vietnam and China are among pressures driving a sharp decline in the number of Filipinos working at sea
  • The Philippine maritime sector is in “chaos and confusion”, dogged by “bureaucracy and incompetence”, according to industry lobby group
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A Filipino seaman works on German cargo vessel MV Merwedijk in Hamburg harbour, Germany. Photo: Alamy
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