QUEZON CITY, Sept 27 (PIA) -- The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) recently released Advisory No. 2020-73, which provides the 1-year extension of the (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping) STCW Certificates issued to Filipino seafarers, from 13 March 2020 to 31 December 2020 who are either on board or ashore at the time of their certificates' expiry.
MARINA also released an instruction to all concerned licensed manning agencies (LMAs) and shipping companies to submit the list of their crewmember/s whose validity of STCW Certificate/s have been extended pursuant to MA 2020-73.
Applications for revalidation of STCW certificates without the required refresher trainings or practical assessment of competence, shall be accepted and processed online according to MARINA.
Aside from the extension, the Advisory also contained guidelines on the revalidation, as well as to expedite processing of the applications for Certificates of Proficiency (COPs) and Certificates of Competency (COCs). The MARINA further added that all applications for revalidation of said certificates with expiration dates that fall within the 13 March 2020 to 31 October 2020 period, will still be processed as revalidation.
The MA 2020-73 stipulates that applications covered by the Advisory shall be filed for expedited processing through the Liaison Officer of the concerned LMAs/shipping company. The documentary requirements required for the application that could be expedited such as letter from the concerned LMA duly signed by an authorized official and a Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA)-approved employment contract shall be uploaded into the MARINA Integrated Seafarers Management Online (MISMO) system.
The MARINA encourages all seafarers to apply for revalidation of their COCs and COPs once they have completed their online/offline courses at the earliest opportunity in order for the 5-year validity date to be reckoned from the original expiration date of their previous certificate.
Lastly, the provisions of MARINA Advisory Nos. 2020-63 and 2020-66 together with all other issuances contrary to the provisions of the MA 2020-73 are now revoked.
The MARINA assures its stakeholders that it will continue to implement the necessary issuances for Filipino seafarers to gain continuous employment opportunity on board ships in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on training completion, revalidation of certificates, and conduct of crew changes (VQR/PIA-IDPD and MARINA).