(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Monday, 02 October 2023) At 3:00 AM today, the center of Tropical Storm "JENNY" {KOINU} was estimated based on all available data at 675 km East of Aparri, Cagayan (18.8°N, 128.0°E) with maximum sustained winds of 120 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 150 km/h. It is moving Northwestward at 10 km/h. Southwest Monsoon affecting Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Trough of TS Jenny / Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Light to moderate winds coming from Southwest to West will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

Wednesday, 14 June 2023

Digital allocation of port charges in PMO Surigao bids for int'l award

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte -- The Data Collaboration Project spearheaded by the Port Management Office (PMO) of Surigao and MarineTraffic, has been selected as a candidate under the Digitalization Category for the prestigious Sustainability Awards organized by the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH).

The collaboration efforts of PMO Surigao and Maritime Traffic revolutionized the operational practices of PMO Surigao by enabling remote verification of vessel port stays during loading operations at anchorage. This breakthrough allowed for the accurate assessment and collection of port charges which corresponded to the actual duration of vessels' stays. Leveraging the real-time insights and comprehensive data provided by marinetraffic.com, the world's foremost maritime analytics provider. With this innovation, PMO Surigao successfully monitored the foreign vessels stays at private ports, ensuring the correct allocation of charges.

The IAPH Sustainability Awards are comprised of six categories, each aligned with the core themes of the World Ports Sustainability Program namely,  Climate and Energy, Infrastructure, Digitalization, Community Building, Environmental Care, and Health, Safety, and Security. Additionally, a special "Akiyama" award, named in honor of Toru Akiyama, former Secretary-General of IAPH from 1967 to 1973, will be presented to the highest-ranking finalist from a least developed country, a landlocked developing country, or a small island developing state.

The winners of the IAPH Sustainability Awards will be announced at the esteemed World Ports Conference 2023 which is scheduled to take place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from October 31 to November 2, 2023. This global gathering of industry leaders and experts aims to foster dialogue and collaboration on sustainable practices in the maritime sector. (PPA-PMO Surigao/PIA-Surigao del Norte)