The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) extended for one year the validity of STCW certificates of Filipino seafarers expiring from 1 January 2021 to 30 June 2021 as part of its temporary contingency measure amidst the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
In its Advisory No. 2020-88, MARINA said all STCW certificates issued by the agency, which are expiring during the newly issued period, shall be extended for one year without filing for an application at the agency.
MARINA added that extension also applies to all STCW certificates of all Filipino seafarers who are both onboard and ashore at the time of expiration of their certificates, and are compliant with the provisions that are mentioned in the Advisory 2020-88.
According to Marine, the seafarer must have a completed approved seagoing service performing duties appropriate to the certificate held, for a period of at least 12 months during the last five years prior to revalidation or at least three months during the last six months immediately prior to revalidation.
“As for the Certificate of Proficiency (COPs) in tanker courses, the seafarer must have completed the seagoing service performing the duties appropriate to the tanker certificate held, for a period of at least three months in total during the preceding five years,” MARINA said.
MARINA directed all concerned licensed manning agencies and shipping companies to submit the list of their crew members whose validity of STCW certificates have been extended pursuant to the Advisory.
Applications for the revalidation of Certificates of Proficiency (COPs) and Certificates of Competency (COCs), which have expired or will be expiring will still be processed as revalidation. These documents will also be given a five years validity of their issuance, subject to full compliance of the necessary documents.
For revalidation of STCW certificates without the required refresher trainings or practical assessment of competence, the corresponding COCs or COPs will only be valid for one year from the date of issuance subject to compliance with the provisions stated in the Advisory, MARINA added.
MARINA assured stakeholders and seafarers that it will continue to implement necessary measures, including the extensions of the validity of statutory certificates and other issuances, to ensure the continued employment for Filipino seafarers.