#SeafarersAreKeyWorkers: MARINA to celebrate ‘Day of Seafarer’ through webinar

Amid the surge of challenges in the first half of the year, the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) is all the more enthusiastic to celebrate the nobility of Filipino seafarers on the Day of the Seafarer on 25 June 2020.

Through a webinar, the MARINA will be hosting 2020’s celebration with the theme ‘#SeafarersAreKeyWorkers,’ highlighting their critical role in the continuing transport of commodities such as food and medicines especially in this time of global health crisis. They have kept the supply chain intact, thus preventing product shortages around the world.

Esteemed professionals are expected to share with seafarers their knowledge and advice on staying on track with their goals and on keeping a sound mind regardless of adversities at sea. Further, to give the latest updates on MARINA issuances pertaining to the examination, certification and issuance of SRB representatives from the concerned divisions shall also take part in the said webinars.

The public is invited to join the celebration of the 2020 Day of the Seafarer on 25 June 2020 through the official Facebook page of the MARINA.


Program

LOOK: Here are the activities lined up for the Day of the Seafarer 2020 and Commemoration of the 10th Year Anniversary of the 2010 Manila Amendments to the STCW Convention and Code.

Important updates about the issuances of certificates, examination and assessment, SRB, and other matters will be discussed in the webinars so make sure you don’t miss it!

Seafarers can also look forward to topics about the seafaring life to be discussed by Certified Life Coach Mr. Miko Legaspi and Mr. Cidreck Lued “Kuya Sead” Ferol.

Aside from that, Mr. Michael John R. Espalgo, a STCW Competent Person, will be presenting things that seafarers need to know about the STCW.

To cap of the day’s celebration, a video presentation will be released to give tribute to seafarers, who are invisible workers that make the world go round as the world battles the COVID-19 pandemic.

Join the conversation by using the hashtag: #SeafarersAreKeyWorkers

Keep posted for more updates about the activities through the official MARINA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Message from the Key Officials

IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim message for Day of the Seafarer 2020

(video courtesy of International Maritime Organization (IMO))

In his message, he acknowledges the efforts and sacrifices given by seafarers and expresses his amazement to the dedication, professionalism and resilience if seafarers as they faced adversities on board.

All are called to join the global call for proper recognition of seafarers who selflessly sacrifice as frontline in this global pandemic.

Everyone is invited to join the conversation via the hashtag #SeafarersAreKeyWorkers.

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APEC SEN sends words of inspiration to Filipino seafarers amid pandemic

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Seafarer Excellence Network (APEC SEN) Secretary General Dong-Jae Lee wishes for a meaningful celebration of the day of the Seafarer. Lee emphasizes the priceless contribution of seafarers to the sustainable growth of 21 member economies of the APEC. Echoing the cause of APEC SEN, Lee vows to continue supporting the maritime workforce nationwide by providing innovative strategies in the industry.

Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade’s message for Day of the Seafarer 2020

In a message crafted by DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade for Seafarers Day 2020, he expressed his respect and admiration for the sacrifices that seafarers continue to make in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“You are our unsung heroes, and with that, you have our biggest respect and admiration,” he said in his statement, addressing Filipino seafarers, who are now recognized as key workers through the MARINA Board Resolution.

On the Day of the Seafarer 2020, the MARINA gives recognition to Filipino seafarers, who continue to serve the country by making sure that the transport of essential goods remains unhampered.

Everyone is invited to join the conversation via the hashtag #SeafarersAreKeyWorkers

(graphics courtesy of Department of Transportation)

MARINA Administrator Empedrad lauds courage of Filipino seafarers

MARINA Administrator Empedrad lauds courage of Filipino seafarers, announces measures to ease processes

Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) Administrator Vice Admiral Robert A Empedrad extends his snappy salute to Filipino seafarers in view of the celebration of the Day of the Seafarer 2020.

Proudly recognizing them as ‘key workers,’ VADM Empedrad lauded Filipino seafarers for their hard work and sacrifice to keep the supply chain intact especially in this time of global health and economic crisis.

Recognizing the seafarer’s vital role in this crisis and as part of the MARINA’s initiatives, the Agency has set measures to extend assistance to seafarers–such as the extension of the validity of STCW certificates, the resumption of trainings, crafting of protocol for crew change and assisting stranded seafarers. VADM Empedrad further stressed the government’s efforts to repatriate stranded seafarers.

Notwithstanding the appreciation of the MARINA for Filipino seafarers on the Day of the Seafarer, VADM Empedrad firmly reminded the nation that no amount of gratitude could equate the nobility of Filipino seafarers.

Webinar

To kick off the Seafarers Day 2020, and Commemoration of the 10th year Anniversary of the 2010 Manila Amendments to the STCW Convention and Code, the MARINA has prepared a series of webinars that you can conveniently access from the comfort of your own home.Join us at 9:15 AM as MARINA gives you updates on the issuance of certificates, examination and assessment, and SRB.Up next at 10:15 AM, you can look forward to Certified Life Coach and Adventure Coach Mr. Miko Legaspi discussing the S.O.S Mindset and how this can save seafarers.Don’t miss Mr. Cidreck Lued Ferol aka “Kuya Sead” at 10:30 AM as he talks about how you can be a successful seafarer.Finally, at 11:00 AM learn more about the STCW with Mr. Michael John R. Espalgo, a STCW Competent Person.Join the conversation during the seminars by using the hashtag #SeafarersAreKeyWorkers

WEBINAR #1: Updates on Examination and Assessment

Catch the first part of the first Webinar scheduled for Seafarers Day 2020 and Commemoration of the 10th year Anniversary of the 2010 Manila Amendments to the STCW Convention and Code!

Here, the MARINA explains what you need to know about the latest updates on the conduct of examination and assessment including important updates about the important dates pertaining to remember, examination schedules and post-ECQ guidelines being observed in the conduct of assessment under the new normal.

If you were able to learn something new from the series of webinars, don’t be shy and join the conversation by using the hashtag #SeafarersAreKeyWorkers.

Webinar #2: Updates on the Issuance of Certificates

Catch the second part of the first Webinar scheduled for Seafarers Day 2020 and Commemoration of the 10th year Anniversary of the 2010 Manila Amendments to the STCW Convention and Code!

Here, the MARINA explains what you need to know about the changes in the certification procedures and overview of the new certification policies and advisories issued in view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

If you were able to learn something new from the series of webinars, don’t be shy and join the conversation by using the hashtag #SeafarersAreKeyWorkers.

WEBINAR #3: (1/4) MARINA Introduces the Seafarers’ Identity Document SID

Catch the third part (Part 1/4) of the first Webinar scheduled for Seafarers Day 2020 and Commemoration of the 10th year Anniversary of the 2010 Manila Amendments to the STCW Convention and Code!

Here, the MARINA provides an introduction to the Seafarers’ Identity Document (SID) as part of the MARINA SID-SRB system which complies with the International Labour Organization SID Convention No. 185 and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards. It discusses the procedure on how to apply for SID card using the MARINA SID-SRB system and the importance/usage of the SID to Filipino seafarers.

If you were able to learn something new from the series of webinars, don’t be shy and join the conversation by using the hashtag #SeafarersAreKeyWorkers.

WEBINAR #3 (2/4): The Philippines SID and SRB

Catch the third part (Part 2/4) of the first Webinar scheduled for Seafarers Day 2020 and Commemoration of the 10th year Anniversary of the 2010 Manila Amendments to the STCW Convention and Code!

Here, the MARINA informs the public of the changes made from the old Seafarer Identification and Record Book (SIRB) to the NEW Seafarers’ Record Book (SRB) and the security features introduced in the booklet and end to end processing procedures using the MARINA SID-SRB system.

If you were able to learn something new from the series of webinars, don’t be shy and join the conversation by using the hashtag #SeafarersAreKeyWorkers

WEBINAR #3 (3/4): MARINA Response to COVID-19 pandemic relative to SID and SRB issuances

Catch the third part (Part 3/4) of the first Webinar scheduled for Seafarers Day 2020 and Commemoration of the 10th year Anniversary of the 2010 Manila Amendments to the STCW Convention and Code!

Here, the MARINA provides guidance and assistance to all seafarers adversely affected during the declaration of the community quarantine in Luzon. As a response MDS issued General Community Quarantine (GCQ) Operational Continuity Plan, COVID-2019 that serves as guidelines to be observed and followed by MDS staff and clientele while conducting business transaction inside MARINA premises.

If you were able to learn something new from the series of webinars, don’t be shy and join the conversation by using the hashtag #SeafarersAreKeyWorkers.

WEBINAR #3 (4/4): Upgraded MARINA SID-SRB Online Appointment System with ONLINE PAYMENT system

Catch the third part (Part 4/4) of the first Webinar scheduled for Seafarers Day 2020 and Commemoration of the 10th year Anniversary of the 2010 Manila Amendments to the STCW Convention and Code!

The very much awaited response to different questions about the SID/SRB Online Appointment system is finally resolved by the upgraded version of the new Online Appointment system (OAS) of the SID-SRB system. On this video, the MDS will show case the changes of how you will deal with the appointment system. The earliest available schedule slots for different SID-SRB processing centers can now be seen and displayed at the OAS frontpage.

If you were able to learn something new from the series of webinars, don’t be shy and join the conversation by using the hashtag #SeafarersAreKeyWorkers

WEBINAR #4: S.O.S: Saving our Seafarers through Stretch or Strain Mindset

Catch the second part of the series of Webinars scheduled for Seafarers Day 2020 and Commemoration of the 10th year Anniversary of the 2010 Manila Amendments to the STCW Convention and Code!

Here, Mr. Miko Legaspi, Certified Life Coach and Adventure Coach provides insights on how to face adversities on board especially during this time of global health pandemic.

If you were able to learn something new from the series of webinars, don’t be shy and join the conversation by using the hashtag #SeafarersAreKeyWorkers

WEBINAR #5: Ten (10) Effective Tips to be a Successful Seafarer

Catch the third part of the series of Webinars scheduled for Seafarers Day 2020 and Commemoration of the 10th year Anniversary of the 2010 Manila Amendments to the STCW Convention and Code!

Here, Mr. Cidreck Lued Ferol or “Kuya SEAd” shares his ten (10) effective tips and practical ways on how to become a successful seafarer not only in the financial aspect but also in career and personal growth.

If you were able to learn something new from the series of webinars, don’t be shy and join the conversation by using the hashtag #SeafarersAreKeyWorkers

WEBINAR #6: STCW Familiarization

Catch the last part of the series of Webinars scheduled for Seafarers Day 2020 and Commemoration of the 10th year Anniversary of the 2010 Manila Amendments to the STCW Convention and Code!

The series of webinars will conclude with a discussion on STCW familiarization by Mr. Michael John Esplago, an STCW Competent Person. Here, Mr. Esplago discusses the implementation of the STCW Convention 1978, as amended in the Philippine setting and other innovations made by the Philippine government in order to ease the processing of documents of seafarers.

If you were able to learn something new from the series of webinars, don’t be shy and join the conversation by using the hashtag #SeafarersAreKeyWorkers

Online Search for Ten Exceptional Bravery at Sea
SEARCH FOR THE TEN (10) EXCEPTIONAL BRAVERY AT SEA AWARDEES

In line with the celebration of the Day of the Seafarer on 25 June 2020 with the theme #SeafarersAreKeyWorkers, the Maritime Industry Authority, adopting the same IMO invitation for nomination, is launching the online search for ten (10) Exceptional Bravery at Sea Awardees (Domestic/International).

This aims to provide recognition to those who, at the risk of losing their own life, performed acts of exceptional bravery, displaying outstanding courage in attempting to save life at sea or in attempting to prevent or mitigate damage to the marine environment.

Nominations for the Award may be made by Licensed Manning Agencies, Shipping Companies, Intergovernmental Organizations and/or Non-governmental Maritime Organizations or any other legitimate endorsers and the like, via email address: pid_stcw@marina.gov.ph, (with Subject: Nomination for Exceptional Bravery at Sea Awardee 2020), using the designated forms, Nomination of Candidate for the 2020 Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea together with the Description of Events/Circumstances not later than 12NN, 15 August 2020.

You may download the guidelines and form here.

For further inquiries and clarifications, you may reach the STCW Office Hotline +63916-3154012 / +63939-3032884.

Musika Likha ng Marinong Dakila: A Song Writing Contest for Filipino Seafarers

“MUSIKA LIKHA NG MARINONG DAKILA”
A Song Writing Contest for Filipino Seafarers

The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) on its 2020 Day of the Seafarer (DotS) Celebration announces the “Musika Likha Ng Marinong Dakila”: A Song Writing Contest For Filipino Seafarers. The contest is open to all Filipino Seafarers who want to showcase their talent in music and composition. This also gives seafarers an avenue to tell their side of the story about their life at sea.

Interested seafarers are also encouraged to create pieces that revolve around the Seafarers Day 2020 official hashtag which is: ‘#SeafarersAreKeyWorkers’ as each entry is expected to be related to, reflective of, or appropriate with a seafarer’s life. Entries must be original works, and can be pop, jazz, ballad, classical, soul, rock, or R&B.

Contestants can submit their entries starting on 25 June 2020 through the email address: songwriting@mail.marina.gov.ph

The deadline for submission of entries will be on 15 August 2020. Download the following for the guidelines, terms and conditions, criteria for judging, and application form:
1. Guidelines
2. Application Form

For further inquiries and clarifications, you may reach the STCW Office Hotline +63916-3154012 / +63939-3032884

MARINA Tribute Video for Seafarers on Day of the Seafarer 2020

MARINA Tribute Video for Seafarers on Day of the Seafarer 2020

It is said the shipping is an industry that contributes over 90% to the world’s economy wherein there are more than 100,000 merchant ships plying all over the world, moving goods from one point to another. And seafarers are the ones responsible in carrying these vessels safely.

Seafarers are essential to the world trade. Without seafarers, the world economy would shut down. At this crucial time wherein the world is experiencing the Covid-19 pandemic, our seafarers are continuously working, bravely, and silently, at sea.

And to cap off todays’ celebration of the 2020 Day of the Seafarer and commemoration of the 10th year Anniversary of the 2010 Manila Amendments to the STCW Convention and Code, we, in MARINA, acknowledges all your efforts to keep our economy moving with this video tribute to all seafarers!

THANK YOU, SEAFARERS! SALUTE TO OUR INVISIBLE HEROES!

#SeafarersAreKeyWorkers

Happy Father's Day 2020

There are more than 1.6 million seafarers worldwide and around 25% of them, or around 400,000 are FILIPINO SEAFERERS. In addition, there is also a number of Filipino Seafarers who work in the domestic trade.

Some of them work in cruise ships, RO-RO vessels, bulk carriers, tanker vessels, cargo vessels, container ships, and other types of vessels – floating and constantly in motion.

Some of them work as Cadet, Ratings, Officers, Cabin Crew, Galley Crew and other crew classifications. As maritime professionals, they are called Captain, Chief Mate, Second Mate, Third Mate, Chief Engineer, Second Engineer, Third Engineer, Fourth Engineer, Bosun, Able Seaman, Ordinary Seaman, Oiler, Wiper, Cook, Messman, Electrician and other positions onboard ships.

But no matter how they are identified onboard ships, their most important role to their children is as a FATHER.

To be at sea is an act of love, an extreme act of sacrifice:
He misses most of the important family occasions – his son’s or his daughter’s birthday, a graduation day, wedding anniversary or the birth of a child.

He endures the loneliness of being far from home and his loved ones.
He endures the hardships of working at sea for months.

But no matter how far away they are at sea, they never really leave their family. More than good providers for the education, housing and other needs of their children, and improve his family’s welfare, we remain connected. They are responsible for the continuation of trade and commerce for the transport of food, medicine, fuel and pharmaceutical and other agricultural products.

And for that we are thankful.
Today, let us take this opportunity to salute all our seafarer fathers!
Happy Fathers’ Day!

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