H.E. Carlos C. Salinas

Philippine Ambassador to Spain; Chairman, Filipino Shipowners Association


Mr. Carlos C. Salinas is a recognized leader in the Philippine maritime industry.  He is the Chairman of the Philippine Transmarine Carriers, Inc. (PTC) Group of Companies.

 PTC was established in 1979, and is today, one of the largest global crew management companies in the Philippines, deploying over 33,000 seafarers annually worldwide.  Mr. Salinas is also the Chairman of the Filipino Shipowners’ Association (FSA). He has headed and served on numerous domestic and international maritime associations, educational institutions and government organizations. 

He is the recipient of the “TIMONEL AWARD,” from the Philippine Maritime Industry Authority, the highest award granted to private individuals for services rendered to the government.  He has been recognized by the Department of Transportation and Communication for his vision and contributions to the Philippine overseas shipping industry.  His Majesty, King Harald V ofNorway, conferred upon Mr. Salinas, the Royal Order of Merit with rank of commander, for his outstanding contributions to the growth and development of Philippine-Norwegian maritime relations, the first Filipino and third Asian to receive such a prestigious award. In 2006, Mr. Salinas received the “Most Inspiring Maritime Service Provider Entrepreneur Award” from President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, for his outstanding contributions to the development of the Philippine Maritime Industry.  

He was a Finalist for the 2009 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.  In the same year, Lloyd’s Ship Manager of London honored Mr. Salinas with the Lifetime Achievement and Leadership Excellence Award, for an illustrious career in shipping “dedicated to molding the Philippine maritime industry and positioning the Philippines and the Filipino seafarer firmly on the world map.” 

In 2010, he was conferred the Presidential Medal of Merit by the Republic of the Philippines through President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo; a civilian honor for his achievements in the maritime sector that have enhanced the prestige and honor of the Philippines both domestically and internationally.

Mr. Salinas actively worked with the government on the formulation of a Philippine Merchant Shipping Act, to further transform the country into a major maritime stakeholder and elevate its position of leadership in global shipping. In November 2010, he was confirmed by the Philippine Commission on Appointments as the Philippine Ambassador to the Kingdom of Spain and the Principality of Andorra.