Filipino seamen have lorded it over in the field of international shipping for a long time. They are everywhere manning cruise ships, foreign fishing vessels, bulk carriers and even luxury yachts.
Filipino sailors are in demand by foreign employers due to a combination of excellent seamanship, good work ethic and good command of the English language.
But after the heroism of a Filipino seaman on September 4, 2014, I wouldn’t be surprised if the demand for Filipino seaman will experience an upward trend.
Vicente Somera, a Filipino seaman was awarded a Certificate of Commendation by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for exhibiting a heroic act above and beyond the call of duty. The Filipino seaman puts his life at risk by going down the gangway on his own at night and shielding the sailor from the elements while helping him aboard.
The awarding occurred on November 9, 2015 in London. The brave seaman, Vicente Somera was accompanied by his proud wife as he climbed on stage to receive the award. Philippine Ambassador to the United Kingdom Enrique A. Manalo was on hand to witness the awarding.
It is worth mentioning that the nine other recipients of the Certificate of Commendation were all crew members of rescue units, while Somera was the lone seafarer in this year’s awarding ceremony.
You may watch the interview of the Australian sailor whose life was saved by the act of bravery by Vicente Somera.
Steve Collins had a plan for his retirement, to buy a boat and sail it to New Zealand. Not long after setting off things started to go wrong leading to a dramatic rescue off the Australian coast. Steve came to visit the men and women at AMSA who coordinated his rescue and told us his story.
Posted by Australian Maritime Safety Authority – AMSA on Thursday, January 15, 2015
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