MARINA releases new rules for COP renewal

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC: Pursuant to PD 474, Republic Act No 10635 and in compliance to the 2010 Manila Amendments to the Standard of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, the MARINA adopts the additional guidelines on the revalidation of COPs issued under regulation VI/1, VI/2 AND VI/3 and in accordance with sections A-VI/1, A-VI/2, AND A-VI/3 of the 2010 Manila Amendments to the STCW Convention.

1. Seafarers qualified in accordance with Section A-VI/1, A-V1/2 and A VI/3 shall be required, every five (5) years, to provide evidence of having maintained the required standard of competence.

2. Seafarers with onboard training and experience, 12 months for every five (5) years, for maintaining the required standard of competence set out in Table A-VI/1-1, A-VI/1-2, A-VI/2-1, A-VI/2-2, A-VI/3 shall be accepted as evidence in lieu of the corresponding refresher training.

In view of this implementation, the following are the requirements in the application for the revalidation of COPs on Basic Training (BT), Survival Craft and Rescue Boat (SCRB), Fast Rescue Boat (FRB), and Advanced Firefighting (AFF):

1. Seagoing service of not less than 12 months
2. Attestation or any document from the Ship’s Captain / Ship Owners / Manning Agencies that proves that said seafarer has participated in onboard training and other practical training.


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