Becoming a seaman is considered as a promising job that’s why it’s one of the most-sought professions by many male Filipinos. Unlike working abroad, going on board does not require you to have a visa.
Instead, you will need a Seaman’s Identification Record Book or the Seaman’s Book. You can apply for Seaman’s Book at Maritime Industry Authority or MARINA.
Seaman’s Book Requirements
- High school diploma/transcript of records (for high school graduates)
- Transcript of records/diploma (for college graduates)
- PSA birth certificate
- Basic Safety Training Certificate
- Duly accomplished MARINA application form
- NBI Clearance
- Certificate of Authentication and Verification from CHED or DepEd
- 2 passport size photos (colored, white background, collared garment)
- Php1, 500 for expedite processing and Php800 for regular processing
Before you proceed to the MARINA office, make sure to have all the requirements. This will save your time going back and forth.
The Seaman’s Identification Record Book serves as a passport for aspiring seamen. It contains all the important details pertaining to trainings, career, and experience of a seaman. It also includes information such as the name of the ship, place of registry and official number, a signature of master, date and place of embarkation/disembarkation, and gross tonnage rank.
How to set a MARINA Online Appointment System
MARINA Office in Manila
MARINA SCDD office: 5th Level SM City Manila, Concepcion St. corner Arroceros St., Manila.
b. COP – Head Office
STCW Processing Center, MARINA, 7th Floor Parkview Plaza, Taft Ave. corner Kalaw St., Ermita, Manila
d. LICENSURE – EXAMINATION
STCW Processing Center, MARINA, 5th Floor Parkview Plaza, Taft Ave. corner Kalaw St., Ermita, Manila
e. LICENSURE – RELEASING
Parkview Plaza 984 Taft Ave. corner T.M. Kalaw Ave., 1000 Ermita Manila PhilippinesYou must be at the office thirty (30) minutes before your scheduled time. Early/Late comers will not be entertained.
a) claiming your Seaman’s Book or COP at the MARINA where it was applied: or
b) have it delivered by courier to your home. If availing of the delivery service, proceed to the Delivery Counter to pay for the delivery fee.
The job of a seaman is never easy. You need to undergo training on how to handle different settings or scenarios, as well as proper management and organizing a cruise. Working in an international vessel would mean higher pay and the opportunity to travel to different parts of the world. Likewise, the benefits of a seaman are another factor that makes it a promising job.
If you want to be a seaman, you should start gathering all the requirements and apply for the Seaman’s Book.