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Regular readers might have noticed that my postings have been less frequent recently. Well, quite frankly, you would not know there is an economic crisis given the current state of our business. In fact, I’ve largely typed my articles and responses while waiting around in airports (like now) before moving on to the next place.

I’ve talked about the computer systems my company makes in previous articles, but in the last year, demand for our product has skyrocketed. In fact, we are opening large offices in both Japan and Singapore in the very near future, with most non-accounting functions moving to Asia in the next few years. I am talking about a company of 35 employees growing into a company of 500 employees in the span of a year. All of the responsibility squarely resting on my shoulders.

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Why all the growth? Well, in the marine industry, there is an organization known as the IMO (International Maritime Organization). This organization is responsible for determining the standards of virtually everything that floats and the enforcement of those regulations. Part of the IMO’s mandate is the development of pollution regulations, such as allowable emissions, restricted dumping areas, and so on. There was a convention on marine pollution in 1973, known as MARPOL, and the latest regulations that ship owners must observe, Annex VI, Tier 3, go into effect in January 2016.

What has happened is that this year, the political pressure on ship owners to control pollution is getting very heated, and many large shipping lines are currently trying to figure out how to cope with these regulations. As is usual in issues that have become political footballs, the regulations quickly outstripped the technological ability to comply.


Yes, the Philippines is a signatory to the MARPOL Annex, however, realistically, if someone sees smoke on a ship in Filipino waters, who are you going to complain to? But think for a minute: Where do these ships travel? Japan, America, Australia. The developed world. The places where politics matter.

My company has developed a solution to clean 96% of the emissions from commercial ships. It is a combination of computer software, scrubbing equipment, sensors, filtration equipment, and charting technology. A highly complex solution (from an engineering point of view) to a very complex problem (You cannot ignore the laws of physics, regardless of what the politicians say.)Our customers are guaranteed compliance with all regulations for the next ten years, operating ships that effectively emit only water vapor, and, despite the cost, self-financed, so economically feasible. The regulations are themselves highly complex. Every country is different. Some places, like Canada, go into effect next year. Some, like the Philippines, are at the back of the pack. We are completely unique in the market at this time and have no competition anywhere in the world.

So, this is why I haven’t been so up-to-date recently. My sales and marketing strategy has changed. Customers are approaching me, rather than the other way around. Add in the back and forth I do to Abulug, and you will quickly see why my time is so limited. So, an apology in advance if I am a bit late answering comments, or a bit late in a new article. I have several articles that I would like to write that I have had no choice but to put on the back burner for a while.

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John Miele is a Citizen of the World, having spent time in many locations around the globe. Currently, he finds himself in Manila, but travels throughout the Philippines. John joined the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine in mid-2008.

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roy
roy
11 years ago

Good for you John! You have a nice gig going on there. Hopefully more jobs for pinoys too!

John Miele
John Miele
11 years ago

Brian: if you have marine engineering experience then email me your CV.

brian
brian
11 years ago

….where do is send my application??? 🙂

Paul
Paul
11 years ago

Sweet & Sour, John! Seems they always go together. But, you've "hit the jackpot" – customers flocking to you during poor economic times. Wonder how much expansion would be needed to handle a good economy world-wide. 😉

John Miele
John Miele
11 years ago
Reply to  Paul

Roy: We've already got someone recruiting here. Unfortunately, one of the problems we have in hiring pinoy engineers is the difficulty of last-minute travel to miost destinations. This largely limits us to ASEAN countries.

brian
brian
11 years ago

barnacles !!! No marine engineering degree …but I do have a sea plane endorsment..does that get me anything???…oh yeah…I know the difference between port and merlot…

Jason
Jason
11 years ago

Hello John
My father-in-law has been working on boats for the past 20 years now. He is an engineer, so if ever you need someone of experience do tell me i'll give you his contact information. He lives in Cebu (he is filipino) and will be arriving from a contract this coming month.

Evelyn
Evelyn
11 years ago

Congrats to you. Your in the right place at the right time!

Gale
Gale
11 years ago

Hi John:

Where is your recruitment office?
I'd like to send my application. I am
a chemical engineer currently employed
at NAPOCOR.

Thanks

brian
brian
11 years ago

BTW John, regardless of my lack of a degree in the required field, thanks anyhow, it was a kind gesture.

Phil R.
Phil R.
11 years ago

good goimg John my uncle is a marine enginere maybe he can contact you too .. i will try to get a hold of him ..he is working in europe now on a ship ..looks like you need all the help you can get ,,,Phil n Jess

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