MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) extended the validity of STCW Certificates for Filipino seafarers currently on board flagged vessels who are affected by the Novel Corona Virus 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak or are affected by the rising tension involving countries in the Persian Gulf and the United States.

The MARINA extended the validity of their certificates for a period not exceeding two (2) months from the date of expiry of the certificate to be renewed/revalidated subject to the following conditions:
1. The concerned Manning/Crewing Agencies and Shipping Companies shall apply for the extension of validity, through its authorized Liaison Officer accredited by this Administration
2. The following requirements shall be submitted/presented:
a. Letter request from the vessel owner/principal stating the reason for the extension;
b. A written statement or official issuance from the port or Immigration Authority that disembarkation is not permitted due to the prevailing situation
c. Copy of valid employment contract duly approved by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA); and
d. An affidavit from the Manning Agency that crew will complete all requirements for revalidation upon return to the Philippines

This applies to seafarers whose STCW certificates shall expire onboard because their planned disembarkation cannot be safely completed or because they are currently onboard going to the port where they will be allowed to disembark safely.

MARINA assures the public that complemented efforts with other agencies are continuously being done to address the concerns of affected Filipino seafarers. ###