GOOD NEWS! MARINA FURTHER EXTENDS THE VALIDITY OF STCW CERTIFICATES AS A TEMPORARY CONTINGENCY MEASURE AMIDST COVID-19 PANDEMIC
(Pursuant to MARINA Advisory No. 2021-29)

1. All STCW certificates previously extended by virtue of earlier issued MARINA Advisories bearing reference numbers “MA-2020-83”, “MA-2020-73”, “MA-2020-66”, and “MA-2020-64” (all series of 2020) but were not re-validated up to now due to lack of refresher training, as applicable to their certificate to be revalidated, shall be extended up to 31 December 2021 without need to file for an application of extension at the MARINA. This applies to all seafarers who are both ONBOARD or ASHORE on the date of issue of this Advisory.

2. All STCW certificates issued by MARINA that are expiring between the period 01 July 2021 to 31 December 2021 (dates inclusive) shall be extended for a period of ONE (1) YEAR from the date of expiry of the certificates without the need to file for an application of extension at the MARINA. This applies only to all seafarers who are ONBOARD on the date of issue of this Advisory.

3. The concerned licensed manning agencies and shipping companies are required to ensure that the crew are compliant with the above-mentioned STCW requirements, and are hereby directed to submit to MARINA the list of their crew member/s whose validity of STCW certificate/s have been extended pursuant to this Advisory. An electronic copy of the said information shall be submitted via email at certificate_extension@mail_marina.gov.ph following the attached template in Annex A.

VIEW FULL ADVISORY AND ATTACHED TEMPLATE HERE.